With Mother’s Day approaching this Sunday, it was fitting that Kevin Durant paid tribute to his mother, Wanda Pratt, after he won the National Basketball Association’s MVP trophy. In an emotionally charged speech, Durant thanked his teammates, the Thunder organization, Oklahoma City and family members.
When he took time to thank his mother, his heartfelt comments moved the audience.
“We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe,” Durant said. “You kept us off the street. You put clothes on our backs. You put food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate and went to sleep hungry.”
Durant said, “You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”
The crowd in attendance gave Durant and Pratt a standing ovation, as Pratt broke down in tears.
Durant won his first MVP award in his 7th season in the NBA. He captured 119 of 125 first-place votes for the prestigious award. LeBron James was second in the voting as he came in with the remaining six first-place votes. Durant’s scoring average was 32 points per game as he led the Thunder to the second best won-loss record in the NBA.
The 6’9″ forward has won the NBA Rookie of the Year, 4 NBA scoring titles and an Olympic gold medal. Durant has made 5 NBA All-Star teams and 4 All-NBA teams. Durant grew up in the Washington D.C. area and attended the University of Texas. He wears number 35 in honor of his AAU basketball coach who was murdered at the age of 35 years old.
Widely regarded as one of “the nicest guys in the NBA,” Durant donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help victims of the 2013 Moore tornado. Sometimes called “K.D.,” Durant also likes the nickname, “The Servant.”
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