Kevin Love said the response to his disclosure of panic attacks has been "overwhelming" and "universally positive" in his first public comments since he wrote of his personal mental-health struggle Tuesday on the Players' Tribune. "I think one of those reasons is mental health doesn't discriminate," Love said on Wednesday. "It affects really each and every one of us. I mention it all in the article and the headline of it is that -- 'Everybody is going through something.' "So I think whether it was talking to Kyle (Korver) about parenting his kids and how he has two young boys or just talking to LeBron. He shook my hand and said 'You helped a lot of people today.' That's what's big. Just them even acknowledging that and retweeting that and just breathing more life into it is just huge." The Cavs play Denver tonight at the start of a six-game road trip. Love, 29, a five-time All-Star, wrote that he suffered a panic attack during a Cavs' loss to Atlanta on Nov. 5 and has sought help. He made his own battle public, he said, to raise awareness of mental health issues, and said he's received thousands of emails to his his Players' Tribune account in the wake of his essay. Love again thanked Toronto All-Star DeMar DeRozan -- the two exchanged pleasantries on Twitter Wednesday -- for his recent disclosures of his occasional bouts with depression. "Without a guy like DeMar DeRozan coming out and speaking about mental health, I probably wouldn't have pressed 'send' yesterday," Love said. "Just open the door for other athletes and people of power, influential people, just to speak out about this topic because it is so prevalent and really looks like it was needed. We need to beat down that stigma about mental health and need to be able to come out and talk things out." Love denied multiple media reports, including one from cleveland.com, that his early departure from a loss to Oklahoma City on Jan. 20, and subsequently leaving The Q before the game was over, and his missing practice the next day, was related to a panic attack.
Love denies panic attack forced him to exit Jan. 20 game vs. Thunder
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 7