Kevin Love on November panic attack: “I really felt like I was going to die”

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Power forward Kevin Love, who signed a four-year, $120M extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers this off-season, talked about the panic attack he suffered on November 5, during his team’s match against the Atlanta Hawks.

“I was running from room to room, like I was looking for something I couldn’t find,” said Love, who eventually collapsed and was taken to a medical facility in Cleveland.

“It was terrifying. Like I was having a heart attack. I was very scared. I really felt like I was going to die in that moment. I just wanted to get air, and so I ended up basically unconscious on the floor,” Love told The Today Show.

The 29-year-old All-Star and DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs have referred to the mental issues they had to deal with in the past few years.

“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 stated.

He also mentioned that he used to suffer from “rage fits” or he would go “dark for a few weeks and staying in my room after basketball practice and not talking to anybody.”