WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Kevin Durant unequivocally wins Mother’s Day 2014 with his nearly 26-minute tear-jerking NBA MVP acceptance speech Tuesday night.
This was the 25-year-old Oklahoma City Thunder star’s first successful MVP campaign — an accomplishment to which a billboard erected near his hometown in Prince George’s County, Md. pays tribute — in what figures to be many more MVP-caliber seasons for Durant, and with all the cameras on him, he gave all the glory to his teammates, and more importantly to his mother, Wanda Pratt, for her all her personal sacrifices to help him succeed in life.
“And last, my mom,” Durant said tearing up, approx. 23 minutes into his already impassioned speech.
“I think you know what you did,” he said, as the camera cut to his emotionally overcome mom. “You had my brother when you were 18-years-old. Three years later, I came out. 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. We moved from apartment to apartment by ourselves. One of the best memories I had, is when we moved into our first apartment – no bed, no furniture – and we just all sat in the living room and just hugged each other, because we thought we made it.
“And when something good happens to you, I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here. And you’d wake me up in the middle of the night in the summer times, making me run up a hill, making me do pushups, screaming at me from the sideline of my games at eight or nine years old. We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street. Put clothes on our backs, food on the table. And when you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”
“The end,” Durant closed, sending the thousands bearing witness to his speech into a furious standing ovation.
While Durant’s speech will be impossible to top, perhaps you can transcribe some notes from it for ideas of what to say to your own mother this Sunday.
Pratt delivered her own words of inspiration, directed at parents everywhere, in a “Today Show” appearance Thursday.
“My advice is to never give up, to always put your children first, to always commit yourself to their dreams, their aspirations and their goals even when it gets hard,” said Pratt. “When you have those lonely nights when you’re crying to yourself, just remember that it’s for them, and they will get that. They will receive that. I’ve realized that’s what children really want. They want to know that their parents are 100 percent behind them, and they’ll give you everything that you expect.”