Love, 29, the star forward for the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, suffered the panic attack in the third quarter of the November 5 game against the Atlanta Hawks and led to a stay in the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland.com wrote.
"It came out of nowhere".
"By that point, I was freaking out", Love continued.
Kevin Love is getting personal and talking about a mental health issue he's been battling.
Love has been sidelined since the end of January with a broken hand but is expected to return in the next month.
No story is the same, no pain is the same.
Sources say Love disclosed to his teammates that he had suffered another panic attack during the loss. My mouth was like chalk. He went to the Cleveland Clinic and received tests, but everything was fine. It's like the playbook said - figure it out on your own, like everyone else around me always had.
Good for Kevin Love for opening a door and being open with people. It was like my body was trying to say to me, You're about to die.
"A combination of the rough start to the season, lack of sleep, and playing poorly led to the 6'10" forward darting off the floor into the locker room where he ended up on his back gasping for air. "But I remember leaving the hospital thinking, Wait. then what the hell just happened?"
Love sought help from a therapist and made a breakthrough discussing the passing of his grandmother - someone who helped raise him - but he said he never quite grieved her death because he thought he needed to stay focused on basketball. Those absences prompted the now infamous heated team meeting in which former teammate Isaiah Thomas and others questioned why Love had been excused.
"We're all carrying around things that hurt-and they can hurt us if we keep them buried inside". But I didn't share - not to my family, not to my best friends, not in public.
Love said that it was hard for him to open up about his situation as he was taught to keep his feelings private and work through them alone.
"So if you're reading this and you're having a hard time, no matter how big or small it seems to you, I want to remind you that you're not weird or different for sharing what you're going through", he wrote.
"It's great to see @kevinlove continue the dialogue on mental health and the need to speak about your problems", tweeted Adande.