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Kevin Love
Kevin Love
Position: F
Born: 09/07/88
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:260 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
Salary: $28,942,830
There was also the game in Toronto around New Year’s when Love pounded the bench and momentarily pulled himself from the game. According to sources close to Love, that was a breaking point, letting his trade desire be known to those around him. That moment also led to Love being fined and lashing out at Beilein and the organization for the improper way the fine was delivered.
Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for sparking a national conversation about mental health. Two years ago, he wrote an online essay detailing his struggles with mental health, including having a panic attack during a game. As a result, other athletes and fans began sharing details of their own mental health challenges and sharing resources on how to get help.
Love created the Kevin Love Fund and has continued speaking out. During the COVID-19 crisis, he’s shared tips on how to cope with the stress and isolation caused by the pandemic. At home, Love opened a box with the trophy inside, proclaiming, “It’s nice and shiny.” “In light of all that’s going on in our country today, I accept this award as both an honor and a challenge,” he said, looking into the camera. “A challenge to not only continue on my path, but to push beyond it and stay vocal even when silence feels safer.”
Kevin Love isn’t slowing down his push to raise mental health awareness. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward, who has been outspoken in his own struggles with panic attacks and anxiety, committed $500,000 through his foundation to UCLA’s psychology department on Monday. Love played one season for the Bruins (2007-08) and he’s helping his alma mater’s work in diagnosing, preventing, treating and destigmatizing anxiety and depression.

Nothing has changed on the Love front. Even though he was peeved at various points this season — openly pouting, venting and verbalizing his misery — that was during a time when Beilein was still around and the team looked like a dumpster fire. Love has a phenomenal relationship with Bickerstaff that goes back to their days in Minnesota. Bickerstaff will have a better understanding of how to keep Love engaged and happy.
Would Love still prefer to play for a contender? Of course. It’s incredibly challenging to go from four years of chasing titles to two straight of chasing lottery ping-pong balls. The Cavs being more competitive, just as they were in the 11 games under Bickerstaff before the league shutdown, helped. How the Cavs start 2020-21 — if Love is still on the roster — will be key. But enough has changed since his desire to be traded that it won’t be harmful to keep Love around and the veteran won’t force his way out.
Storyline: Kevin Love Trade?
Those are the kinds of numbers the Cavs continue to focus on. They see plenty of value in keeping Love, whose bloated contract, injury history and age play into being the centerpiece of trade chatter. If the Cavs get what they deem a fair offer, they will pursue some combination of draft picks and young players — as unrealistic as some NBA officials consider that demand. That’s the rub. The Cavs’ view of Love doesn’t align with the rest of the league. Until that gap narrows, Love is likely to stay in Cleveland.
When Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love decided to go public with his mental health and wellness experiences in 2018, he admitted he was concerned about putting himself out there, telling the world about panic attacks and anxiety in a first-person essay titled, “Everyone is Going Through Something” on The Players’ Tribune.
Storyline: Mental Health
“While I thought that through pretty thoroughly, I had spoken to my agent (Jeff Schwartz), and he knows how these things go when people live their life in the open,” Love told USA TODAY Sports. “He totally got it and said, ‘You’re going to open up yourself to a lot of people. A lot of people will be talking about this, and people are going to recognize you for more than basketball. Are you sure you want this?’
For his efforts, especially with young people dealing with mental health and wellness, Love will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at Sunday’s 28th ESPY Awards show (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). The award, named after the tennis great, is given each year to a person whose contributions transcend sports. “I’m incredibly humbled by it,” Love said. “It’s really a profound honor if you look back at that group of men and women who I admire. Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, to name a few. It’s very, very humbling to see my name next to those.”
Storyline: Mental Health
“I just feel like I have so much more work to do. Those are people who put in a lifetime of work. With my name next to theirs, I have an obligation and opportunity to make a lot of change in the world of mental health. I know what Arthur Ashe stood for and what he was about, especially being around UCLA. It’s just tough for me even now to put it into words what this means because it’s so much bigger than the realm of sports.”

Jazz very unlikely to move Mike Conley

Given how the season has gone, do you foresee the Jazz moving Conley in the offseason for better roster balance and to free up more time at the one for Donovan and Jordan Clarkson? (I’ve heard Kevin Love’s name being thrown around.) – KC M. There’s almost zero chance of the Jazz moving on from Conley. First, they don’t want to. Second, even if they did, it would be exceptionally difficult to do so given his contract. Third, people need to stop associating Kevin Love’s name with the Jazz. Conley was playing his best basketball of the season, especially so because he’s finally gotten comfortable with the system. So Conley will almost definitely be in a Jazz uniform next season.
In his wellness room, the NBA star has a hyperbaric chamber, an infrared sauna, a red light therapy device, a bed for vibration therapy, a Power Plate, a large inflatable circle called a Waff, which he uses for meditation, and, of course, some candles to set the mood for yoga and pine-scented incense to remind him of his native Oregon. He uses the various equipment depending on what his body needs to recover from strenuous training sessions on any given day, and while navigating the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental aspect of his self-care routine has been especially vital.
During and after his speech, Love referenced some of his favorite books — “The Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius, “The Hilarious World of Depression” by John Moe, “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari and “Range” by David Epstein. All of those books have had a profound impact on Love in some way, allowing him to better understand himself and helping him learn how to cope with obstacles while living a better, more fulfilling life. Love also quoted William Shakespeare and Robin Williams.
“Find your North Star — that thing or things you are passionate about enough that you will reach past even your wildest dreams,” Love said. “Shout it loud to whomever will listen. I always say, ‘Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say.’ Do not let your dreams go unspoken. But dreams need clarity. Without clarity, you might as well be staring into a fogged mirror. You can’t see or do much with any precision staring into that.”
Storyline: Mental Health
Love’s life has been transformed. He has assumed the mantle as the face of mental health awareness, not just for the NBA but across numerous sports, educational and cultural platforms. He created the Kevin Love Fund, an organization committed to normalizing the conversation about mental health. And, with May designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, he’s continuing to spread his message in these uncertain times that people should “pursue mental wellness with the same vigor they do physical health.”
“My life is dramatically different,” Love told ESPN. “I have a lot more clarity about where I’m headed, and where we’re headed as a society in terms of removing the stigma from mental health issues. We still treat mental illness so differently from a physical illness. If you had a heart condition, you’d see a doctor and you’d take the necessary steps to fix the problem. Why should it be any different with mental health?”
“I know some guys don’t want to go there, but taking medication has changed my life in a big way,” Love said. “It has helped me manage this ongoing feeling of irritability, this feeling in the pit of my stomach that I couldn’t shake before. The medication helps me relax without sapping my energy levels. I have been battling depression my whole life. And when my mind starts to spiral, the meds help me to decompress, and make it easier for me to escape going to that dark place. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that my struggles with mental health aren’t ever going away. That’s just not a reality. The medication helps me feel a little better in my own skin and my own brain. Whatever imbalance I have, this has helped me find more relief.”
The NBA allowed teams to reopen practice facilities on Friday, though only two did at that time. Others have been slowly opening in the days since. There were still plenty of restrictions involved. Love said he was asked several questions upon arrival and had his temperature taken, and only parts of the facility were actually open. Every player had his own individual basket to work out on and had just one assistant coach to help — who was made to wear gloves and a mask.
Storyline: Season Suspension
“Our facility has been really odd because we have to do one guy to a basket and we have four main baskets at our facility, and everybody is in masks and gloves,” Love told Yahoo Sports on Thursday. “It’s really odd to have a rebounder in a mask, in these latex gloves, throwing passes and throwing you a ball. You almost have to put that out of your mind and act like it’s not even there. The players are the only people not shooting with the gloves on.”
“I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like getting back and playing with no fans or fans kind of scattered out through the arena. It’s going to be really, really odd to see how sports slowly start to roll themselves out, but I think it’s needed,” Love told Yahoo Sports. “It’s just such a way to — even for us, too — get out of our own heads and just go and compete. Sport has a commonality to it that, it just plays itself out and has a unique brand of storytelling that’s unraveling right before your eyes. I’m fingers crossed for the season to resume.”
Love appeared on the “Ledlow & Parker” podcast and indicated that the 2017 Cavaliers were actually more talented. That squad ended up falling to the Golden State Warriors in five games, with Love citing the team’s dampened competitive fire as a cause. “In 2017, I actually think that was our most talented team,” Love said. “And that was one where like, we’re three years in, some of the jokes aren’t as funny anymore, stuff is falling on deaf ears or it’s raining hollow. Everybody’s kinda like, ‘Oh, we’ll figure it out during the playoffs.’ So we’re not trending or hitting on all cylinders on the time that we should. “Then of course we come out and we’re like, ‘Oh, this is easy, we’re just gonna make it to the Finals and we’re gonna give it our best shot.’ Had we really locked in that I feel like could have been—cause it’s only this much between winning and losing—I felt like that was our most talented team and I think we only won one game in the Finals.”
Love was screened when he arrived at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence, Ohio before entering at a designated side entrance. The 31-year-old five time All-Star was asked questions regarding any sick symptoms and his temperature was taken to make sure he didn’t have a fever. Only four players were allowed at a time – to follow social distancing practices – and once in the facility, players had their own half courts to work out with an assistant coach who was wearing a mask and gloves to pass and rebound. “I feel like anybody who needs an escape or in everyday life is looking for any type of normalcy back doing something they love,” Love told ESPN. “For me, I played 25-ish years of organized basketball and this is the longest I’ve ever gone without touching (a basketball) And it’s something I really, really enjoy doing. “So for me, it definitely was a big dopamine hit, and it just felt great to get in there and sweat outside of doing my workouts at home or getting on a treadmill. Going out there and having some sense of normalcy and getting on the court and actually shooting was pretty uplifting.”
Storyline: Coronavirus
Love said he could see a blueprint for what practices could look like if NBA play returns. “It’s just going to change the way, at least for the foreseeable future, of not only how we interact but how we live in our daily lives,” Love said. “So for me, was it weird? Yeah. I had (Cavs assistant coach) Dan Geriot at my basket and having him rebound and pass me the ball with a mask and gloves on. It’s just odd. It’s just weird.”
The feedback Altman received was positive. All players — eight or nine — who stayed in the market during the stoppage said they were eager to participate. “They were all pretty excited about it,” a source said. Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic were among those inside Cleveland Clinic Courts, sources said.
The parallels between LeBron James’ final year in Cleveland and Michael Jordan’s final season in Chicago, as portrayed by the ESPN documentary series, are eerily similar. The media scrutiny, the unrelenting spotlight, the off-court drama, the internal tension, the pressure to win, the superstar’s trade request. … And, ultimately, the unraveling of a championship team. It was all part of the Bulls’ story 22 years ago. It’s all part of the Cavs’ story, too.
The scales aren’t exactly even. Six titles for Chicago vs. one for Cleveland obviously tilts heavily in Chicago’s favor. The Cavs weren’t ever a dynasty. But the suffocating pressure to win while playing alongside a transcendent superstar results in the same mental, physical and emotional exhaustion nonetheless. I called Love this week to discuss the similarities between what he’s watching from Jordan’s Bulls and what he lived through with LeBron’s Cavs. He sees the parallels, too. So I asked him something I’d never asked him before: Did he know it was over? In real time, going through their final season together, did it feel like the end?
“Yes. It did. It really did,” he said. “I always had that sense, and then it really felt like it was over come the trade deadline. Once we kind of had an unprecedented number of guys traded at the deadline, that was going to be it. “Bron is incredibly smart and heady and kind of feels like he always has things under control and the foresight to look at things. He wanted to know and have some semblance of direction. At that point, we were trying to build for the future.”