By TOM WITHERS
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
INDEPENDENCE, OHIO -- Kyle Korver is getting daily treatment on his bruised right foot and taking medication to fight off a "nasty little bug" that has made its way through Cleveland's roster.
Only time can heal his broken heart.
As he begins chasing an NBA championship, Korver is wrestling with the recent death of his younger brother, Kirk, who died at 27 from complications following a sudden illness.
Following Tuesday's practice, Korver paused several times while discussing a "very complicated month" that has changed his life and split him in two. He's walking an emotional balance beam. "You come back from dealing with death and the family and you hold that in one hand and you hold the playoffs here in another hand and it's interesting to kind of balance both of those at the same time and try to get yourself ready to play basketball," he said.
Korver was on the floor for just four minutes in the 98-80 loss to Indiana in Game 1, but he's feeling better and expects to have more of an impact as the Cavaliers try to even the series on Wednesday night.
The 37-year-old swingman has been comforted by his wife, Juliet, his family and an outpouring of support from the NBA community, but he remains conflicted on how to mourn, how to express his grief. "You know that you don't cry when you think about your brother? Is that good? I don't think that's good," he said. "I feel like I'm trying to go through all the emotions and stages and waves that people tell me about. I understand that this is part of life and when you go through something like this, it's amazing how many people come up to you and talk about their own stories that they've had."