Tearful Kevin Durant Wins MVP; Pays Tribute To His Mom, “You’re The Real MVP”
Since my Mavericks are out, I really hope this will be the year of OKC Thunder. It’s something about the humility of Kevin Durant that makes him one of my favorite players. During his acceptance speech after winning MVP for the 2013-14 NBA season, Durant is overcome with emotions as he thanks his teammates, his coach, and most importantly his mother, Wanda Pratt.
He wins the honor overwhelmingly with 119 first place votes; to put this in perspective LeBron James comes in second with six first place votes.
Backstory: Kevin Durant is born before his parents are married and has his mother’s maiden name, Durant. His mother and father marry after he is born, however his mother divorces his dad, Wayne Pratt, before Kevin turns one. More like his daddy leaves the family before Kevin turns one. Mama Durant becomes a single mother of two boys at the age of 21 in the Washington D.C. area. She works as a mail sorter on the night shift at the post office, and works many other part time jobs to supplement her income over the years. But when it comes to her sons sacrifice is an understatement she explains:
There were times when finances were a little tight. I didn’t make a lot of money. I was 21 with two small children. I had to figure out how we were going to do this, how we were going to make it. I decided early on that my desires and wants and even needs came second to what they needed and wanted. That was my mindset.
I came home every night to prepare dinner, I took them to school, I celebrated birthdays.
I’m literally in tears right now because I have two sons, and will do anything for them. I know a mother’s love, but alas this is not about me. Whoa! So during his MVP acceptance speech, Kevin Durant recalls the sacrifices that his mother made to ensure his success by putting his needs first. He ends his speech letting Mama Durant know that she’s the “real MVP”:
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 him. 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 we thought we made it.
When something good happens to you, I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to took back to what brought me here. You woke me up in the middle of the night in the summer times. Making me run up a hill. Making me do push-ups. Screaming at me from the sidelines at my games at eight or nine years old.
We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, 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.
Kevin Durant starts the speech off already emotional, so by the end when he gets to his mom everyone is crying. To top it all off the team and the audience stand to their feet, giving Mama Durant a standing ovation. Priceless! Watch below: