Kevin Durant’s emotional MVP speech, and his powerful journey.
On Tuesday, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder won the 2013-2014 NBA MVP award after averaging 32 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds a game throughout the season. Durant is the first player since Allen Iverson in 2001 to win the NBA Scoring Title and MVP in the same season. After NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave him his MVP Trophy, Durant preceded to give quite an emotional speech.
KD was in tears throughout his speech, for reasons he didn’t even know why. “I don’t get why I’m crying so much man” as he was trying to hold back his tears. He started by calling out his teammates, the first he thanked was none other than…Caron Butler? He said that Butler pushed him when the season was bad, “I remember after we had lost two or three straight and Caron left a note on my locker saying KD MVP, I don’t talk much about things like that, but I remember it man.” It sounded better while he was sobbing.
As he went down the list, he got to his partner in crime Russell Westbrook. “People put unfair criticism on you *sob* but I’m the first to have your back. I love you man.” He constantly showed his appreciation for the people he has in his life, the people that motivate him and push him to be who he is. I’ve never seen so much love and emotion expressed from one guy.
The tissue box moment was when he introduced his mother Wanda Pratt. His mother has been his inspiration, and the reason why he’s done everything he’s done. “The odds were stacked against us. We weren’t supposed to be here. You were a single mother with two kids, moving from apartment to apartment. You woke me up in the middle of the night, made sure I ran up the hill and did my push-ups. You kept us out the streets, you put clothes on our backs. You made sure we were fed, you went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed everything, you the real MVP.” I cried when he said that, you never think of things like that when talking about a player like him.
It’s more than just a game for KD. He loves the game for the people around him, he came from nothing. “God has made basketball a platform for me to inspire others. I had so many people doubt me, people said that I’m not supposed to be here.” After a tough road traveled, Kevin Durant can deservedly say that he’s supposed to be here, and supposed to be the best there is.
- Justin Hodges is a Staff Writer for ProSportsExtra.com