Kevin Love finds response to 'therapeutic' essay on panic attack, seeking therapy 'overwhelming'

Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal on

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Love described writing the essay as "therapeutic" and Calderon said he could tell as they talked on the flight to Denver.

"I think it's going to help him a lot. You can feel, I think he's doing better, you even can see it in his face," Calderon said. "Maybe it was a relief for him as well, telling everybody what he was going through. So proud of him because I think that's the most difficult part sometimes, 'Why don't you just say this?' It's not like you're sick or have a headache. It's something more than that, and sometimes people are just worried 'What are people going to think about me?'?"

James knows athletes are put on a pedestal and why they hesitate to reveal issues like Love did.

"Our whole lives we were always taught 'Figure it out on your own. Be as strong as you can. Don't show anybody any weakness,'?" James said. "We've been built like that our whole lives, ever since we picked up a basketball or picked up a football, whatever the case may be.

"That sometimes can become a problem. Obviously when you're able to see that, sometimes that's not the way to deal with it, it actually makes you even more strong."

Lue said he was glad Love was able to open up and that the Cavs are there to support Love with whatever he needs.

"Some of us already knew," Lue said. "He's doing all the things he can to better himself and get help. We're going to be here for him."

Love said he was not only motivated by DeRozan's admission of his problem in a February interview with the Toronto Star but by watching on television the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

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Love considered waiting until the summer to write the essay, but is glad he did it now, knowing that he stepped to the forefront of what he hopes is an awakening on mental health issues.

"I've lived it. It wasn't just the singular panic attack I had in November. It was some deep-seated stuff that needed to come out, that I needed to address and I'm better for it," Love said. "I'm better for seeing someone and being more open and better to the people in my life.

"I'm more than willing to help people. This could be life work, not only for myself but a number of guys that are going to step up in the process. And as I quoted DeMar's tweet and got back to him, he opened the door for me, so I respect him and love him for that."

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