Kevin Love: panic attack forced me to leave Cleveland Cavaliers game

Kevin Love felt a pain in his stomach and shortness of breath before he realized he was having a panic attack. The 29-year-old five-time All Star had never experienced such an episode

"On November 5th, right after halftime against the [Atlanta] Hawks, I had a panic attack", Love wrote in a piece for The Players' Tribune.

The 29-year-old self-described introvert says that he had a panic attack following halftime of a November 5 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova has been among the National Basketball Association fraternity applauding All-Star Kevin Love for opening up about his struggles with mental health.

Suddenly, all the things that drew me to the school triggered a feeling I'd never experienced. As I read the words Love bravely wrote, I once again felt that unwanted energy knocking on the door. It's just...we're human beings.

I think that it is great for Kevin to write this essay, and I'm glad that he realized that it doesn't show weakness to talk about mental illness.

That means that when Love is back from his injury, there should be a contingency plan for the Cavaliers should Love suffer from an attack (all the time they have had to play without Love only helps their knowledge of how to deal with a sudden absence) and a realization that he could leave a game in the postseason because of those attacks. I knew that much.

This is where the tentacles of my anxiety cross those of DeRozan and Love, even if it's simply because they had the courage to speak publicly and I've been lucky enough to make a living adjacent to the game I've loved since I was roughly the age my children are now. Love then reportedly came clean about his panic attacks.

Kevin Love has a successful National Basketball Association career, a collaborative deal with Banana Republic and a swimsuit model girlfriend. Love is now sidelined with a broken left hand. And like many people who have had them, Love didn't know what was going on at first.

A few muffled (or so I thought) gags later, it became apparent to those around me that something was up.

"In the short time I've been meeting with the therapist, I've seen the power of saying things out loud in a setting like that", he said. "I think by Kevin speaking it will hopefully inspire other players that are suffering the same kinds of issues", said Associate Professor and Center for Sport and Social Justice Director Matthew Atencio. Honestly, I just didn't think I needed it. I didn't want to look weak. He knew that talking about it benefited some people with a mental illness, but didn't believe that it was the way for him to cope with it, and then came the panic attack. " ... So if you're reading this and you're having a hard time, no matter how big or small it seems to you, I want to remind you that you're not weird or different for sharing what you're going through". "I'm trying to be good to the people in my life".

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