Cavs’ Love: ‘I thought I was going to die’ during Nov. 5 panic attack

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love did an interview with Carson Daly on NBC’s “Today,” and the All-Star dove into the scary details of his panic attack on Nov. 5.

“I had a moment where I thought I was going to die,” Love said. “I had never experienced something like that. I thought I was having a heart attack. Heart racing and I was running around looking for something that I couldn’t find. I just wanted to get air. And so I ended up basically unconscious on the floor and putting my hand down my throat and trying to get something out of there, but there was nothing there.”

Love and San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan opened up about their struggles with mental health and how more awareness needs to be brought to the subject. Love and DeRozan’s bravery in talking about their illness started a movement, as shortly after the two stars spoke about their individual struggles, Washington Wizards swingman Kelly Oubre shared his own battles with mental health.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams also revealed how he had to overcome bouts of depression on his long and winding path to the NBA in his autobiography which was published this offseason.

During the panic attack on Nov. 5, Love said Cavs athletic trainer Steve Spiro was also stricken with fright when he found Love in the midst of his attack.

“I just remember him screaming my name because you don’t really know how to deal with that,” Love said.

Love continues to be an advocate for mental health awareness and he should be commended for it. The father of an 11-year-old Cavs fan, who suffers from anxiety and depression, reached out to Love on Twitter and Love decided to reply with an uplifting message.

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