Mental Health Rumors
“In planning both this season and last season, we have communicated on a daily basis with our teams and NBA players, agreeing on two very different season formats that each made sense as a way to continue operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic,” an NBA spokesperson told ESPN. “Injuries have unfortunately always been a part of the game, but we have not seen a higher rate of injuries this season than last. We will continue to work with teams and players to complete our season in the best and safest way possible that promotes both physical and mental health during this challenging period.” Citing internal data, a league spokesperson indicated that through 50 games, the number of injuries — defined as those that cause a player to miss at least one game — is lower than last season and within the range that the league has seen over the past five seasons.
The Jump: Reaction to missing All-Star game because of quarantine? “It was stressful. It wasn’t good for my mental [health]. I stayed off social media” – @Ben Simmons #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #HereTheyCome
NBA All-Star Kevin Love is working with a Montgomery County personalized medicine company to raise awareness about mental health. Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers star who went public about his struggles with depression and anxiety more than three years ago, will help Genomind of King of Prussia promote its latest product.
Love said he has been “very public” about his anxiety and depression to help others come to terms with their own mental health issues and get the help they need. “I’ve said it before and it’s even more true after the year we’ve had,” Love said. “Everyone is going through something that we can’t see. The first step is being open to help.”
Tom Orsborn: Bickerstaff: “(DeRozan) makes it OK for people in the Black community, who mental health has been a challenge for a long time but hasn’t been acceptable to speak on, (to discuss). He gives an entire community the courage to speak out and (have) acceptance of it.”
Kevin Love’s devotion to raising awareness and advocating for mental health during isolating times has earned him another honor. The Cavaliers forward and five-time All-Star received the first Humanitarian of the Year Award on Thursday night at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, an annual event that brings out the city’s top sports names but was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.