Paul George admitted he was dealing with mental issues in the Orlando “bubble” and his teammates in the Clippers and Kevin Love showed their support.
After Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks, where he dropped a game-high 35 points, George admitted he was going through some mental health issues during his time in the bubble.
His teammate Marcus Morris, the head coach of the Clippers Doc Rivers and Kevin Love supported his decision to speak his mind about his issue.
“Being in this bubble is different, man. Guys are going to take it different ways, and I’m totally with him 100 percent. I understand. And being away from your family, just always going back to the room and just being in the room and only watching TV and just having no outlets is tough.
P.G. is very open, and I’m proud of him for standing up for what he feels and what he believes and not afraid to care what anybody thinks about him,” Morris said, via Mirjam Swanson of The Orange County Register.
“We all should talk about it. So I was very happy with it. There’s no difference with mental health than sprained ankles or anything like that,” Rivers told reporters afterwards.
For his part, Love took to Twitter and applauded George for making that admission.
“Paul George stepped up in a big way last night!! On another note, post game speaking about being in a “dark place” and underestimating the effects of mental health, depression, anxiety — is HUGE coming from a player of his caliber.
Was always a fan of PG but now even more so,” Love tweeted.