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Kevin Durant on MVPs


Kevin Durant, a 26 year old 6’9″ forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, won the 2013-2014 NBA Most Valuable Player award.  What was striking about Durant’s 25 minute speech is what he chose to highlight.  Durant has been top scorer in four of the last five seasons.  But Durant  highlighted how he was molded by his upbringing coming from modest background in PG county (Prince Georges county outside of the District of Calamity) and how Durant appreciated all of the support that he received.
 
 
[L] Kevin Durant embraces his Mama at NBA MVP  (photo: AP/Susan Ogroki)

Durant personally recognized all of his teammates in his MVP speech, which recognizes that he could not achieve without the help of others.  But Durant reserved the highest praise for his mother, who he called the “real MVP”. Wanda Pratt, a.k.a. @MamaDurant , expected to be mentioned in her son’s speech but had no idea about the magnitude of the recognition.








This tribute has struck a chord with the public at large a demonstration of humility, an example that single-mothers can make a difference.  The NBA even made a commercial with selected snippets of Durant’s speech



 However, on the second Sunday in May, it is an especially appropriate tribute to mothers.

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