Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant accepted his first MVP award in Oklahoma City Tuesday, and his speech was one for the ages.
Among the speech’s many heartfelt moments (Durant’s admission that growing up, he wanted to become a rec league coach, to “stay home and help the kids out”), the section Durant addressed to his mother was the most affecting. It’s appropriate that Mother’s Day is coming up: Durant pours his heart out in his speech, first to his grandmother (who still texts him after each game) and then to his mother.
“I don’t think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were 18 years old,” Durant says (around 23:13). “Three years later I came out. The odds were stacked against us. 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 look back to what brought me here. You woke me up in the middle of the night in the summertimes. Making me run up a hill. Making me do push-ups. Screaming at me from the sidelines at 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 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.”
The best part? Durant’s mom was sitting in the front row for the whole thing.
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