Right now, it's beginning to look like Kevin Love may be a pioneer.
Love recently opened up about the mental health issues he's had to maneuver through while being a famous NBA athlete. Naturally, that took a long time for him to do because people don't tend to have much compassion for those who sit atop the perch that Love does.
Love is a millionaire. He's set for life. Cynics may challenge him on what he has to be depressed about when there are others who suffer far greater life circumstances.
Regardless of that reality, mental health has no type, no preference, and does not discriminate.
Love showing the courage to come out and speak his truth is ultimately proving to have a ripple effect. One that can be seen with the latest admission by Washington forward Kelly Oubre Jr.
"A lot of people are coming out with things about mental health. I feel as if, yeah man I've suffered through a lot of things in my life. I've been through a lot of things," he said via NBC Sports.
"I can definitely relate to it all... I'm really good at keeping a poker face because when I was growing up my dad always told me 'don't let anybody see you weak.' Nobody sees that I'm weak, but deep down inside I am going through a lot. Hell is turning over."
Oubre Jr. is in his third season in the league. His numbers have steadily been on the rise since his rookie season and he is now accountable for 11.9 points and 4.6 rebounds a night as a member of the Washington Wizards.
Looking from afar, it seems that everything is on the up-and-up for Oubre, a budding NBA star.
However, below the surface breads something much more.