Best tribute to mom ever? Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant honors mom at NBA MVP ceremony

OKLAHOMA CITY - This may be one of the best thank-you's a son has ever given his mother.

When Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player Kevin Durant picked up his award for being the NBA's MVP, he gave the typical acceptance speech, thanking his teammates, his coaches, his community and his family.

At the end, however, his words brought his mother to tears and earned her a standing ovation.

"Me, my mom and my brother, we moved to so many different places growing up," Durant explained about growing up in a small county outside Washington, D.C.

He said his dream was small. He wanted to become a rec league coach.

"I wanted to stay home and help the kids out and be a coach," Durant said. "I just never thought I could make it to college, the NBA or stand up here today as the NBA MVP."

Durant said he failed many times and got back up.

He said was inspired by his mom, Wanda Pratt, who was in the audience.

"I don't think you know what you did," Durant said as he started crying. "You had my brother when you were 18 years old. Three years later I came out. The odds were stacked against us -- a single parent, two boys by the time you were 21 years old."

He said they moved apartment to apartment, by themselves.

"One of the best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment. No bed. No furniture. We all just sat in the living room and just hugged each other because we thought we made it," Durant said.

Durant explained his mother was the person who pushed him -- who made him run and do push-ups when he was training. She was the one screaming on the sidelines of the game when he was playing.

"We weren't supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on backs, food on the table," Durant said. "When you didn't eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us."

"You're the real MVP," Durant said.

Grab a tissue and watch the speech below. Durant talks about his mother at 23:30.

 

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