Kevin Love talks about coping with COVID-19 pandemic

Love appeared on CBS morning show Wednesday

Daryl Ruiter
April 01, 2020 - 11:17 am
Jan 16, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love smiles as he looks on during the second half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Kevin Love appeared on CBS This Morning Wednesday to talk about coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Love has tried to do his part by donating $100,000 to hourly workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse affected by the cancellation of Cavs and Monsters games, the MAC and NCAA tournaments and concerts that were scheduled.

It was the first thing he was asked about on the show.

“Just understanding that this is going to be such a tough time to navigate,” Love said. “It was actually the Thursday morning after our commissioner Adam Silver had postponed the season. I was just thinking about how much these people are so much a part of my story, our story as NBA players, we see them at least 41 games – home games – throughout the year as well as other events. These are people that you start to develop a first name basis with, a first name relationship with. People that, I’ve been in Cleveland six years, who I see every time coming into the game, I’m giving them a bum, I’m asking them how their family is so just knowing this is such a tough time navigating. It’s going to be such a stressful time, anxiety ridden and just the fear of unknown is going to be there so much. I was just thinking about all that stuff and thought it’d be great to take care of the people who have been taking care of me and supporting me and the Cavs organization for so long so I decided to donate to them. Most of them are living paycheck to paycheck.”

The Cavs also announced they would pay workers for scheduled events at the arena during the closure and several other players around the NBA followed in Love’s footsteps around the league with major donations to arena workers.

“It sort of took on a life of its own and I was incredibly happy to see other players step up,” Love said.

Love, who has championed the importance of mental health and has been candid about his own challenges, was asked how he is dealing with the affect the pandemic is having on everyday life.

“For me, just staying active and making sure that I have a routine,” Love said. “So much of the time when that is taken away from me, I think just by nature being a basketball player I’m so used to having that routine, so making sure I’m getting up early, I’m getting the proper nutrition, I’m taking care of my body – so physically taking care of my body and then just understanding what my core competencies are and my pillars in my life – working on my core relationships, checking in with friends and family making sure while I’m social distancing I’m not isolating myself. I’m reaching out to my family, friends. SO even if it’s virtually staying in touch with everybody I’m making sure I’m doing that.”

He offered his advice to those struggling with the mental challenges that come with isolation.

“My message would be it’s normal to feel this way,” Love said. “The only way we’re going to get through it is together. I’ve said since this started happening and we were having to isolate ourselves and quarantine that it’s normal to feel this way and the only way we’re going to get out of this is together.

“Human beings are so resilient, and we will get through this and I think the worst thing that can happen is we come out of this unchanged. We have to be able to change and be there for each other and e better. I do think there will be a lot of great things that come out of this. We may not be able to see it right now and so much is changing every single day and we don’t know what life is going to look like after this let alone the mental health of a lot of people coming out of this but nothing unites us like the common and same enemy. So I would say just continue to commit to that sense of community and know that everybody’s going through something at this point and this time. Just be kind and take care of the next man.”