Hed: Kerr praises Kevin Love's public battle with mental health

Cavs forward Kevin Love

It was something Love did not think he needed to do until the 29-year-old suffered a panic attack during the middle of a game against the Atlanta Hawks on November 5.

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.

In the letter, Love admits that he has been "protective about anything and everything in my inner life", adding that it's easy to talk about basketball-that comes naturally-but discussing anything personal was too hard.

Suddenly, all the things that drew me to the school triggered a feeling I'd never experienced.

Love expressed the same sentiment, concluding his letter by saying, "Not talking about our inner lives robs us of really getting to know ourselves and robs us of the chance to reach out to others in need".

"It came out of nowhere", he wrote. It's just...we're human beings. Partly, I want to do it for me, but mostly, I want to do it because people don't talk about mental health enough.

Hours after Kevin Love penned an essay for the Players' Tribune, in which he detailed his battle with mental health, LeBron James, took to Twitter to praise his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate.

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". Mental health is an invisible thing, but it touches all of us at some point or another". "Doesn't matter if you are an National Basketball Association player or the average guy, we're humans so I appreciate him coming out". I knew that much. It's important to make sure that our friends are well taken care of, and that they feel comfortable talking about an issue.

In the world of sports, Kevin Love is the latest to go public with some of the personal challenges he's been facing. Now as I fought back vomit, there was nothing I wanted more than to be indistinguishable.

"Coach Lue came up to me".

Love said he has since started seeing a therapist and was afraid to reveal his story out of fear of being seen as "weak or weird or somehow less reliable as a team-mate". I think he could sense something was wrong and blurted something like, 'I'll be right back, ' and I ran back to the locker room. I played 15 minutes of the first half and made one basket and two free throws.

Love mentioned that for 29 years of his life, he thought mental illness was the problem of someone else. "I'm trying to be good to the people in my life". Inevitably, you'll hear I'm done just as you step into the other room.

"It's hard to describe, but everything was spinning, like my brain was trying to climb out of my head", said Love, a five-time All-Star now sidelined after breaking his left hand last month.

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