With many NBA players coming out and saying they have dealt with mental health issues, mental health has become a topic of discussion for many around the NBA. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love opened up about how had a panic attack in the middle of a game. Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and Kelly Oubre Jr. of the Washington Wizards have also both cited that they have dealt with depression.
Jeanie Buss knows what must be done
Jeanie Buss, the owner of the Lakers, realizes that mental health is a real problem in the NBA. In an interview with ESPN, Buss explained her take on mental health in the NBA. “We’ve invested in all these state-of-the-art facilities and cryogenic chambers, hydro pools and all that, but we haven’t focused on mental health,” Buss said. “That’s the next level of care.”
Buss and the Lakers have seen what mental health issues look like as Metta World Peace suffered from mental health issues during his time with the Lakers.
When someone has mental health issues it can be very hard to open up about. Especially when you are a professional basketball player and are famous. The NBA and Players Union are working towards a program which can help players, coaches and staff members have a stable mental health.