Kevin Love on why it's so important DeMar DeRozan and Dak Prescott spoke out about mental health

Sports Seriously: Mackenzie Salmon connected with Kevin Love on Sports Seriously and asked if the 'Macho Man' mentality still existed in the NBA today. Love believes players like DeMar DeRozan and Dak Prescott are helping break down antiquated stigmas.

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MACKENZIE SALMON: I'm very curious, Kevin. I mean, you being a vet in the league, how is this conversation different today in the NBA locker room versus when you started back in 2008? I know you're one who's always tried to combat the notion of what a man can and can't talk about when it comes to mental health head on. Is that macho mentality still prevalent in the NBA?

KEVIN LOVE: I think to a certain extent, but I'm very thankful, first of all, to have somebody like DeMar DeRozan, who was able to get my foot in the door and understand that he's a black man in America who grew up in Compton, California. And for him to step forward and say, hey, I deal with depression, a lot had to be considered and go through his mind and think that he was going to be looked at as weak.

But what I've learned is that actually on the other end of that is becoming more involved, and you're more empathetic. And it's almost like a superpower. I always say only by admitting who we are do we get where we want. I mean, there's no real life to live if you're living it in the shadows.

So I think from sports players like a DeMar, like a Dak Prescott, and so on, and so forth-- those type of players and those type of people coming out and saying that they experience anxiety and depression and, in some cases, severe forms of mental illness I think it just empowers people even outside of the world of sports to come out and say, hey listen, this is something that affects everybody. There's strength in numbers. And when you base things around community, it just makes you feel like you're part of something bigger and a part of more so on the winning side of history.