Kevin Durant speech

Newly crowned NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant scored major points off the court recently for his emotional speech thanking his mother for helping him succeed in both basketball and life.

Durant, who received 119 of 125 first place votes, tried not to break down as he talked about going through several “tough times” with his family. After thanking his older brother for being a great role model, Durant fought back tears as he turned his attention to his mother, Wanda Pratt.

“I don’t think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were 18-years-old; three years later, I came out,” Durant told his mom. “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.”

After detailing his mother’s support and dedication over the years, which included missing meals so her sons could eat, he proclaimed to the crowd she was “the real MVP.”

Watch Kevin Durant’s emotional speech below:

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