Kevin Love details panic attack: 'I felt like I was going to die'

By Gabrielle McMillen 21 August 2018 3
Kevin Love details panic attack: 'I felt like I was going to die'

Kevin Love opened up about the panic attack that made him take a hard look at his mental health.

The Cavaliers forward detailed what was going through his mind in November, when he suffered the attack in the middle of a game against the Hawks.

“It was terrifying,” Love told ESPN in a report published Monday. “Like I was having a heart attack. I was very scared. I really felt like I was going to die in that moment.”

Love also appeared on "The Today Show" on Monday to discuss opening up about mental health and said the attack was so intense he ended up collapsing.

“I just wanted to get air, and so I ended up basically unconscious on the floor,” he said.

Love said he would feel anxious and isolate himself when he was younger and found himself going through "rage fits," but didn't equate it to being something serious.

“I just kind of brushed it off because in our sport, or in life, and being a man, you’re taught to suppress it, you’re taught to in a lot of ways suffer in silence,” Love said.

Love, 29, recently signed a four-year, $120 million contract with the Cavaliers. Last season, he averaged 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

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