Kevin Durant, NBA Basketball Most Value Player Award

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Seeing other people cry will usually get us choked up, but watching Kevin Durant—a 6-foot-9 professional NBA player—being brought to tears talking about his childhood just made us lose it (that's your cue to get the box of Kleenex).

The 25-year-old Oklahoma City Thunder power forward received his first MVP Award, and his acceptance speech tugged at heartstrings from the beginning—especially since Durant was teary-eyed for the entire thing—but it was his heartfelt tribute to his mother, Wanda Pratt, that was truly touching.

"I don't think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were 18 years old," Durant says (around the 23:00 mark). "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."

Kevin Durant, Wanda Pratt, NBA Basketball Most Value Player Award

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

He continued, "Everybody told us we weren't supposed to be here. We moved from apartment to apartment by ourselves. One of the best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment. No bed, no furniture, and we just all sat in the living room and hugged each other because we thought we made it.

"When something good happens to you, I don't know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here. You woke me up in the middle of the night in the summertimes. Making me run up a hill. Making me do push-ups. Screaming at me from the sidelines at my games at 8 or 9 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. When you didn't eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You're the real MVP."

This is what some celebs had to say about Durant's big accomplishment and moving speech:


  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share

We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our Cookie Policy.