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In an interview with TMZ Sports, Hood said Love was “definitely” courageous for speaking out. He added: “A lot of times people don’t look at us as humans, and we go through stuff all the time as well. So, I think he helped a lot of people by saying it.”
On March 6, Love wrote an article for The Players’ Tribune in which he discussed the panic attack and mental health awareness.
“Coach [Tyronn] Lue came up to me. I think he could sense something was wrong. I blurted something like, ‘I’ll be right back,’ and I ran back to the locker room. I was running from room to room, like I was looking for something I couldn’t find. Really I was just hoping my heart would stop racing. It was like my body was trying to say to me, ‘You’re about to die.’ I ended up on the floor in the training room, lying on my back, trying to get enough air to breathe.”
Love said he checked out fine after a trip to the Cleveland Clinic, and he mentioned being relieved that nobody knew why he exited the game.
As the 29-year-old veteran went on, though, he mentioned seeing a therapist and finding the strength to openly talk about his internal struggles.
On the court, Cleveland (40-29, third in the East) has missed Love, who suffered a broken left hand Jan. 30 and hasn’t played since.
Love and Hood haven’t played together yet since Hood came in as part of a pre-deadline trade, but he already seems to have a great deal of respect for the five-time All-Star.