PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Meyers Leonard said he is proud to have overcome a struggle with depression.
During his exit interview at the end of season press conference for the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, the forward said he had a rough time three seasons ago but his confidence is up now.
“Three seasons ago, I had a really rough year. Off the floor, on the floor,” he said.
“There came a time when I was very unhealthy, my body didn’t feel right… to be frank with you guys, I was depressed. I had anxiety pulling up to our arena. I mean it was bad. I didn’t want to go in public for fear of what people thought of me,” he said.
He says with the help of his wife and people around him, he is doing better now.
“But I’m happy to know here I am on the other side of it. It wasn’t easy to deal with but I’m proud to be here today.”
He said the last two games proved “what I know in my heart I can do and the work that I’ve put in.”
He said he had to earn respect and confidence back from his teammates and Blazers staff.
This summer is going to be that last step, he said.
“I guess one thing I’m really proud of is something I always talk about, being a true professional and staying ready,”
He also said the team is disappointed with the loss on Monday night, but is proud they made it to the Western Finals for the first time in 19 years.