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Kevin Love: ‘Universally positive’ response to disclosure of panic attack

Kevin Love on Wednesday revealed the response to his candid admission of a recent panic attack has not only been “overwhelming,” it has been “universally positive.”

Love disclosed in a powerful essay published by The Players’ Tribune this week that he suffered a panic attack during a game on Nov. 5 against the Atlanta Hawks. The Cleveland Cavaliers star also revealed he sought mental health treatment in the wake of the incident.

“I think one of those reasons is mental health doesn’t discriminate,” Love said, via Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “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.”

Love on Wednesday again expressed appreciation and admiration for Toronto Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan previously going public to disclose his battles with depression.

Love also said the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 15 at Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and staff dead helped him realize how discussing mental health issues are of the utmost importance.

“I think mental health plays such a big part in all of this and I think that’s pretty apparent,” Love said. “So I think it’s very therapeutic and a lot of people will step up and, I’m not going to say ‘do the right thing,’ but tell their stories in order to help the next person so in a lot of ways it’s paying it forward.”

LeBron James, who praised Love in a tweet Tuesday, also had kind words for his teammate, despite the two having something a tumultuous history during Love’s tenure with the Cavs, saying in part, “I think Kevin’s always been accepted in our locker room from day one.”