Kevin Love says LeBron James inspired him after panic attack admission
Kevin Love revealed during an interview with Carson Daly for NBC’s “TODAY” how LeBron James shared a powerful message with him shortly after his admission that he had suffered a panic attack during a game this past season.
NBC previewed the interview on Friday’s show. It will air in its entirety on Monday.
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“It was a special moment for me,” Love said. “We sat towards the end of the bus. He kind of said, ‘Hey, do you have a moment?’ He stopped me, shook my hand, looked me in the eye, and said, ‘You helped a lot of people today. It’s important.’”
The meaning of James’ message was not lost on Love, especially considering the source.
“That was super powerful for me,” Love told Daly. “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 revealed in a powerful essay for The Players’ Tribune published in March that had suffered a panic attack and sought mental health treatment in the wake of the incident. The Cleveland Cavaliers star revealed shortly after the admission that the response not only was “overwhelming,” but also “universally positive.”
At the time of the essay, Love credited then-Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan — now with the San Antonio Spurs — for speaking publicly about his battles with depression, saying it inspired him to admit things publicly himself.
James also voiced his support for Love shortly after the essay was published with an inspiring tweet.
You’re even more powerful now than ever before @kevinlove!!! Salute and respect brother! https://t.co/6nL6WoZMCm
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 6, 2018
James of course is no longer Love’s teammate having moved on to join the Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it should not be surprising in the least that the two remain close, having met up recently for a workout.