Kevin Durant's MVP Speech Moves Nation To Tears
It's the most heartfelt Mother's Day tribute you'll ever see. Basketball superstar Kevin Durant sobbed as he accepted the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, saying he owes it all to his mom, Wanda, who was sitting in the front row.
Durant said in his speech, "You wake me up in the middle of the night in the summer time, making me run up the hill, making me do push-ups, screaming at me from the sidelines of my games at eight or nine years old. You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on our back, 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."
There wasn't a dry eye in the house and the moving tribute is creating a sensation on social media, including some INSIDE EDITION Twitter followers:
@AngieGraceLA said, "Kevin Durant's speech to his mom was very powerful, very moving."
@HelenRLittle said, "I was like, Wow! That's the best Mother's Day gift ever."
Today, INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent spoke to Durant's mom, Wanda, and asked, "What's going through your head today as you're sitting there?"
Wanda replied, "The things that my son said about me, it just rings so loudly in my heart and I'm overwhelmed, really."
Watch INSIDE EDITION's Interview with Durant's Mother
Durant plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder and was a near-unanimous choice for MVP. His mom is a constant presence at his games and is featured in an NBA commercial. At one NBA game, Durant's mom and older brother comforted him moments after his team lost the 2012 NBA finals.
Wanda raised them as a single mom in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
In Durant's speech he said, "We moved from apartment to apartment by ourselves. One of the best memories I had was 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. We thought we'd made it."
Now, her loving son has given her a Mother's Day gift no one can ever forget.
Wanda told INSIDE EDITION, "He knows that I did the best that I could, and that he appreciates it and he loves me that, there is no gift, there is nothing that he could give to me that's greater than that."