Mental health continues to be a hot button topic around this country. It appears now, that topic has made its way around the NBA. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, gave his opinion about the state mental health of NBA Players while attending the Sports Analytics Conference.
“We are living in a time of anxiety,” Silver said. “I think it’s a direct result of social media. A lot of players are unhappy… I’m an anxious person myself. That’s why the players like talking to me.”
There could very well be plenty of truth to Silver’s comments. Despite ample reporting and coverage recently over mental health in the NBA, there is still some sense of a taboo nature that surrounds the subject. Luckily, that narrative is slowly changing.
Over the past few years, the discussion and stigma surrounding mental health have gotten much healthier & not just in the NBA but in society in general. Multiple players, namely DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love, have played an important role in changing the narrative through the
DeRozan and Love’s battles with mental health issues, as well as Silver’s comment about players being unhappy, shows that money nor fame can solve everything. Last year, the league and the NBA Player’s Association announced a mental wellness program, which should make strides in helping players with these kinds of issues.