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  • Kevin Love, welcome back to the show,

  • but technically, welcome for the first time

  • to The Daily Social Distancing Show.

  • -How are you holding up? -It's, uh,

  • it's been a different time to navigate, I think, for...

  • for all of us.

  • It's just ridden with a lot of...

  • stress, anxiety, uh, the unknown.

  • I mean, forget sports for a moment.

  • Just, uh, you know, every walk of life,

  • and, really, everywhere in the world.

  • U.S., with the... with the most cases now,

  • you just, you have to tip your hat to, you know,

  • really, the heroes in this time is... uh, grocery store workers,

  • uh, pharmacy, people working at the pharmacy,

  • but, really, the doctors and nurses,

  • I mean, they're really putting in, you know,

  • a lot of... a lot of time.

  • But this has been, like I said, a different time to...

  • to navigate and find ways to keep busy

  • mentally and physically.

  • It definitely has been a difficult time to navigate,

  • but it feels like the NBA and many of its players

  • have stepped up in a really powerful and unique way.

  • I remember the shock when the NBA announced

  • that they were suspending the season.

  • I mean, nobody thought it would happen.

  • And then very quickly we started to hear stories

  • about how many people who worked in these arenas

  • wouldn't have a job.

  • And you were one of the first players who stepped up

  • and said, "Hey, I'm gonna give my own personal money

  • "to help pay for these people, I'm gonna help raise money

  • to pay for these people's salaries."

  • Um, and then the owners started stepping in.

  • Other players did as well.

  • Why did you feel it was so important for you to do that?

  • And-and how did you get everybody mobilizing?

  • What was the attitude of the NBA?

  • Yeah, well, it was about, uh,

  • I guess Wednesday would be three weeks, um,

  • you know, since that night in Oklahoma City,

  • when it was the Jazz versus, uh, OKC,

  • and, you know, I woke up the next day just...

  • just thinking about, um, you know, kind of like I mentioned,

  • the stress and anxiety of this time,

  • and not knowing when...

  • or if these people and these families

  • are gonna be able to put food on their table.

  • I mean, a lot of these people are living paycheck-to-paycheck,

  • and these are people that are a part

  • of not only my story but the Cavs organization,

  • um, and you start to develop a first-name basis

  • and first-name relationship with these... with these people,

  • and start to, you know, ask about their family,

  • and you see them when you come into the arena,

  • see them when you leave the arena.

  • So I thought it was important to just take care of people

  • that have, you know, taken care of me so long

  • and are... and are part of my story,

  • honestly, on and off the floor.

  • Yeah. Human beings are resilient,

  • but you're right, everybody needs help

  • getting through it, especially now.

  • Um, one of the things I've always appreciated about you

  • is how open you've been in discussing anxiety,

  • depression, you know, um, opening up that conversation

  • in the NBA, and then getting people more comfortable

  • speaking about how to deal with these issues in society.

  • Coronavirus has presented a completely unique challenge

  • for many people who suffer from anxiety or even depression,

  • where many of your circles are removed from you.

  • Many people don't have the networks that keep them, um,

  • you know, mentally as-as healthy as they'd like to be.

  • What have you been doing during this period,

  • and what advice would you give people out there

  • who go, "Kevin, I-I'm not coping, and...

  • "it feels like this is triggering everything

  • that gets me to the place I don't want to be in"?

  • Well, I know I can say it right back at you.

  • I got to tip the hat, 'cause I know that, you know,

  • this mental health has been a part of your story, as well.

  • So just, um, you know,

  • continuing to create community in that aspect.

  • -I think that's a huge thing during this time. -Mm-hmm.

  • You know, people will look back.

  • Uh, you know, they're not gonna look back on their death bed

  • and say, "Hey, I wish I would have earned more money.

  • I wish I would have, you know, had more fame."

  • They're gonna say, you know, that those relationships

  • are really what brought them joy and happiness.

  • So I feel like that sense of community...

  • Especially since I had shared my story.

  • I'm sure it's-it's, you know, the same for you,

  • especially with your book,

  • that, you know, a lot of people came out,

  • uh, you know, in droves

  • and-and large numbers and just expressed

  • kind of the things that they had gone through

  • and things that they had experienced,

  • whether it be, you know, firsthand or somebody, you know,

  • just removed from their inner circle, 'cause we're...

  • We all have people that go through stuff,

  • and we all grieve and deal with loss

  • at one point or another-another,

  • but this social isolation has been--

  • uh, speaking of navigating this time--

  • very, very different.

  • -Right. -I had done an NBA All-Star...

  • I had done a panel with, uh, Giannis and Chris Paul,

  • uh, Mike Wilbon and-and President Obama,

  • and he had... he had brought something up to me

  • that it's such a social issue.

  • Like, during this time, especially,

  • when it comes to mental health and depression and anxiety,

  • that, uh, it's the isolation and it's the loneliness

  • -that is so devastating during this time. -Yeah. Yeah.

  • And I-I... That really stuck with me when he said that,

  • because I think that's sometimes lost on people.

  • And I'm-I'm fortunate

  • to have a lot of great friends in my life

  • and-and be able to, you know, talk with people like you

  • that can scale up this message and, you know, allow people

  • to, uh, you know, further these conversations.

  • But that loneliness part of it

  • is-is-is, you know, very, very scary,

  • and, uh, I think it's important for people to know

  • it's normal to feel this way.

  • Right. Let me ask you this before I let you go.

  • Um, everyone is wondering

  • how the NBA is gonna come back

  • if and when it comes back for this season.

  • People are hoping the NBA can kick off

  • in maybe late May, maybe June, maybe July.

  • Everyone knows that means the season is gonna be compressed,

  • but the NBA has said they want a champion.

  • So, would you rather have it

  • that the season just becomes really short

  • and it's almost like a playoffs to a playoffs?

  • Or would you rather the season goes later in the year

  • and then the next season starts a little bit later?

  • Or do you just go straight?

  • What-what would you hope as the ideal scenario

  • -for the NBA right now? -Okay.

  • So, I'm gonna answer the second part first

  • 'cause I've had this conversation

  • with a number of guys as well as, you know,

  • a couple of coaches and former coaches,

  • is that we have

  • the best schedule.

  • It's a scholastic schedule. You get summers off.

  • -So, selfishly... -Right, right.

  • Selfishly-- and I've done it for, what,

  • 25 years now of organized basketball--

  • is that we've always had that schedule

  • where it's been, you know, September and October through...

  • If you go all the way to the finals,

  • it's through June, and then we get the summers off.

  • So we have it really good, and that doesn't...

  • That's not lost on any of us.

  • And, obviously, you know, drastic times, drastic measures,

  • but, you know, we would like to keep

  • the same schedule, 82 games.

  • But I would see a situation where

  • because guys might come in a little out of shape

  • and don't know how to get through this time

  • -'cause it is new. It's... -Mm-hmm.

  • That they will then, uh, you know,

  • have, like, a two-week training camp,

  • play ten games,