Oklahoma City is very lucky to have Kevin Durant, a humble superstar for the Thunder and who won his first MVP award from the NBA.
Durant had another outstanding year despite playing without sidekick Russell Westbrook for most of the season. It helped prove to the league exactly how valuable Durant is to OKC. The Thunder finished 59-23, which was the second-best record in the league. He played 41 consecutive games with at least 25 points and the streak is the third longest in NBA history.
Durant thanked God first and then explained his love for the game. He poured love to his teammates and said he would not be at the microphone without them.
But in Durant’s eyes he is not the real MVP. That status belongs to his mother Wanda Pratt. She was in the audience to be with her son the same way she is at every Thunder game to support him and the Thunder. There was not a dry eye after he thanked his mother.
“I don’t think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were 18-years-old. Three years later, I came out. The odds were stacked against us; a single parent with two boys by the time you were 21-years-old. Everybody told us we weren’t supposed to be here. We moved from apartment to apartment by ourselves. One of the best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment. No bed, no furniture and we just all sat in the living room and hugged each other because that’s when we thought we’d made it. When something good happens to you, I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what got me here. You wake me up in the middle of the night in the summertime and make me run up the hill, make me do push ups, screaming at me from the sidelines of my games at 8- or 9-years-old. We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on our back, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry, you sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”
Durant is not only a superstar, but he is a role model every kid can look up to. His charity work and his love for OKC showcases his passion not just for basketball, but for other people and life in general. He donated time and money when Moore was destroyed by a tornado in May 2013. When The Oklahoman called him Mr. Unreliable he took it in stride and did not badmouth the paper. Instead, he went out and demolished the Memphis Grizzlies.
Here is his acceptance speech. Try to watch it without crying.