Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant gave an emotional acceptance speech during the presentation for his MVP award. He earned 119 of 125 first place votes to win his first MVP trophy for the 2013-14 basketball season. Durant definitely earned it, scoring an average of 35 points per game, but he owes a lot of his success to his mother, Wanda.
While holding back tears, he thanked his mother, who raised him and his two brothers and sister as a single parent, for keeping their family together, fed and clothed while sacrificing for herself. It was touching to watch him honor the woman who helped to make him the man he is today, and I think we can all agree that Wanda is a true MVP herself.
Doesn’t that make you want to hug your mom?! Later in his speech, Durant thanked his teammates individually, including his BFF Russell Westbrook who was sidelined for a couple of games during the season after knee surgeries. You can watch that clip via Mashable.com
Here’s to all the mothers out there inspiring, encouraging and loving their families. Being a mom is sometimes a thankless job, so I appreciate people like Kevin paying tribute to an important woman in his life.