Kevin Durant speech

Newly crowned NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant scored major points off the court recently for his emotional speech thanking his mother for helping him succeed in both basketball and life.

Durant, who received 119 of 125 first place votes, tried not to break down as he talked about going through several “tough times” with his family. After thanking his older brother for being a great role model, Durant fought back tears as he turned his attention to his mother, Wanda Pratt.

“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,” Durant told his mom. “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.”

After detailing his mother’s support and dedication over the years, which included missing meals so her sons could eat, he proclaimed to the crowd she was “the real MVP.”

Watch Kevin Durant’s emotional speech below:

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  • Mary Burrell

    Beautiful. Love how he honors his mother.

  • Nicholas Peters

    Black people really need to stop talking about single mothers: 1. There are thousands of little girls from who live this idealized dream (even before they even meet a boy who gets them pregnant) where they will have the next Kevin Durant and Lebron James…but they don’t understand the struggles their parents went through and that fact that 99% of the children born to single parents aren’t outliers like Kevin Durant…What makes it worse is that most of these girls don’t have a woman in their family who will sit them down and explain that being a single parent is not normal or preferred way to raise a child, mostly because most of these girls mothers are just as dysfunctional and destructive as the men who they provided access to their ovaries. Little girls think being a single parent is normal or that being able to raise a child by themselves makes them a better mother than a woman who raises a child in a 2 parent relationship. 2. Black people really don’t understand the propaganda aspect of the media: Notice how most of the famous people who talk about single parents are black and that a majority of the time black parents are talked about…its mostly single mothers. The black community is the only community that accepts and glorifies single parenthood, everywhere else it is seen as a dysfunction. When successful black people do this it confirms the fact that not only is this dysfunction accepted, but it provides justification for all the other negative stereotypes that exist about black people that other communities use to discriminate and harm our community.

  • Joy Kaine

    Mr. Durant is showing appreciation in the manner he sees fit. If his dad was around, and he thanked his dad, the naysayers would still have a problem with this too, “why he saying thanks mom and dad when they should’ve supported him, blah blah blah.” He can’t win either way.