Rockets’ Robert Covington explains how faith erased his depression

Houston Rockets Robert Covington (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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RoCo in Minnesota

Just as RoCo had become one of the best 3-and-D players in the league, he was sent packing to the Minnesota Timberwolves, in exchange for Jimmy Butler, who had forced his way out of Minny.

Disaster struck for Covington after just 22 games in his new home, as he suffered a brutal knee injury, which ultimately ended his season. Although Covington was dealing with adversity on the court, he was also dealing with it in his personal life, as he parted ways with his longtime girlfriend and her young son, which left him to overcome his challenges on his own.

Covington explained the effect this had on him during the interview.

“I went through my whole process of rehab and getting off crutches by myself. That’s how gone I was in my mind. I didn’t want my mother there or anyone to come visit me.

Once I got hurt, my mood started to change and my energy was drained. I used to act like I was sleep just so people in my apartment wouldn’t talk to me. But I would be up all night.

I was so frustrated and torn that I would get mad when people would ask ‘are you good’. Even that would bother me.”

RoCo stated that he didn’t even realize he was dealing with depression until this injury took place, and he ultimately didn’t know what to do or how to deal with it. He also didn’t feel it would help him to go to a therapist, which is also common for many people who are dealing with those same challenges.

According to the World Health Organization, roughly 76 to 85 percent of people in the low and middle income stratosphere receive no treatment for depression. But he went to one, with the urging of a coach of his, and he instantly noticed a change for the better.

Covington came back from the injury this season and appeared in 48 games for Minnesota before being traded again to the Houston Rockets, but he had been through this before. This wasn’t his first rodeo, as this was ultimately his third time changing teams, and ultimately his second time getting traded in just as many seasons.

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