In accepting his first MVP award, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant made a point of sharing the honor with those who made it possible.
In a soul-baring speech that lasted more than 25 minutes, Durant fought back tears several times while thanking each of his teammates, the coaches, support staff and team executives, and finally his family.
The emotional outpouring culminated with a tribute to his mother, Wanda Pratt, and the sacrifices she made, the inspiration she provided while raising Durant and his brother in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:
Meanwhile, as another recording of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling comes out, NBA fans have been reacting this week to something totally different: a teary acceptance speech from Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, who was named MVP. He thanked his mom.
KEVIN DURANT: 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.
HOBSON: Very sweet words ahead of Mother's Day. Durant's mom, by the way, Wanda Pratt, raised Durant and his older brother as a single mom in Washington, D.C. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.