Episode No. 71 of the ‘Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum’ addresses mental health and the crucial balance between an NBA player’s social life and work life.
On this latest podcast, McCollum and NBA analyst Jordan Schultz take a deep dive on the physical and mental aspects of NBA players’ lives.
This episode also has an extra special Portland connection.
Special guest 5x NBA All-Star and NBA Champion Kevin Love joins the discussion.
This is the first edition of a two part series. Love talks about each phase of his career and making sure he continues to taking care of himself.
From his start at Lake Oswego High School, OR to winning a championship with Lebron James, this podcast takes you through Love’s journey of how he became the player he is today as he get sets to enter his 12th season in the league.
Love recently addressed how he has been battling mental health issues when he wrote about it in ‘The Players’ Tribune’ back in May.
Love and McCollum talk more about Love's mental health and depression issues on the podcast.
“If you kill the body, the mind will die,” Love told McCollum.
“Working on what’s between the ears… I think that’s lost on so many guys and we play such a long drawn out season… You do have to find some sort of break,” Love continued.
NBA fans appreciate Love and McCollum’s honesty and how the two opened up on this latest podcast.
Super encouraged just now listening to @kevinlove talk about self care - mentally & physically - on the @PullUpPod w/ @CJMcCollum. Loving this whole conversation! Great to hear two of my favorite current players connect. Check it out!https://t.co/Oxffuo5cOl— Corey Easterday (@CoreyEasterday) August 14, 2019
Love also discussed what he does in the offseason to get his mind right. During the summer Love focuses on meditation as well as attending talk therapy sessions.
The podcast was a chance for Love to reminisce about growing up in Oregon, too.
“I grew up in Nike’s backyard… I’ve developed lifelong friendships from my backyard in Beaverton, Oregon,” Love said.
The soon to be 31-year-old also talked about being overweight earlier in his basketball career and how he’s worked to stay in shape.
Love’s work ethic has been inspiring other Trail Blazers this summer. Blazers forward Mario Hezonja had to kick it up a notch with his personal workout. Or to be exact, he had to add five pounds.
😂💪🏻💪🏻😤 https://t.co/WI0PSFJ8eZ— Mario Hezonja (@mariohezonja) August 18, 2019
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