NBA star Kevin Love opens up about mental health struggles during career

“If it hadn’t been for a couple of my closest friends, I don’t know if I would be here today telling my story," he wrote

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Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love opened up about his battle with depression on Thursday.

Love, who wrote about his mental health struggles in The Players’ Tribune, said a low point in his life came in 2012 when he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was battling injuries.

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“The future started to feel meaningless. And when it gets to the point where you lose hope, that’s when the only thing you can think about is, ‘How can I make this pain go away?’" he wrote.

“I don’t think I have to say much more than that.”

Love credited his friends with essentially saving his life.

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“If it hadn’t been for a couple of my closest friends, I don’t know if I would be here today telling my story. And 99.9% of the people in my life probably don’t know how bad it got for me. But as hard as that might be for them to hear, I feel like I need to get that off my chest for the people out there who might be in a similar situation right now."

“When I was sitting in that dark room, I just couldn’t see how things were ever going to get better. And if there’s somebody out there right now who is reading this — even just one person — who is sitting in that same dark room, having those same thoughts….”

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He offered advice to anyone struggling like he was.

“All I can say to you is this: Talk to somebody. You would be amazed at how freeing it is just to talk to somebody, and tell them the truth about what you’re going through.”