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Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers received much praise for his willingness to reveal the difficulties with panic attacks he revealed in a story for The Players’ Tribune in March.
He then teamed with fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan for an inspiring public-service announcement, which addressed mental-health issues
However, one of the most meaningful responses Love received after opening up about his panic attacks and anxiety came from LeBron James, who spent the last four seasons as a teammate of Love.
Love recalled the “special moment” between him and James in a sit down interview with Carson Daily of NBC’s The Today Show, which will be broadcasted Monday.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 17, 2018
“It was a special moment for me because we sat towards the end of the bus,” Love told Daly. “He kind of said, ‘Hey, do you have a moment?’ He stopped me, shook my hand, looked me in my eye and said, ‘You helped a lot of people today. It’s important.’”
James, who along with Love, led the Cavaliers to four consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals, winning the championship in historic fashion in 2016, taking the time to express those thoughts carries a ton of meaning for Love.
“That was super powerful for me because not only is he the best athlete in the world, the best basketball player in the world, but his influence and having my back with that was super important to me,” Love said.
James, 33, left the Cavaliers for a second time last month, signing a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Meanwhile, Love, 29, signed a four-year, $120 million extension to remain in Cleveland.