If you know anything about Kevin Durant, you know that he is as good of a person as player.
Today, at the Thunder Community Events Center in Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had his Kia MVP press conference.
Prior to the presentation, the Thunder made a cool segment on KD, about his impact and reputation in Oklahoma City.
In the video, Russell Westbrook put it all really well, saying, “When you mention Oklahoma, you mention Kevin Durant.”
After the video, Sam Presti and Scott Brooks both talked briefly about Durant.
Scott Brooks had to say this about the MVP: “He strives to be the best basketball player he can be. He gives everything to his team, his community, and that is inspiring. I am blessed to stand up here and call myself his coach. He is as humble of a superstar you will come across. He is committed to all of you, and that is special.”
Durant’s speech was as inspiration as they come. This wasn’t your normal thank you speech. Durant came to tears numerous of times, and made all viewers almost tear.
He opened up his speech by saying, “Basketball is just a platform for me to inspire people.”
About his childhood: “My dream was to become a rec league coach. I love basketball so much, I love playing it, I just never thought I’d make it to college, NBA, or be standing up here today. It is a surreal feeling. So many people doubted me and motivated me. I failed so many times and got back up. I got through the toughest times with my family, but I’m still standing. “
About the game of basketball and his teammates: “I play because I have fun. The vets of this team, I just wanted to say thanks to them. You guys mean so much to me. I can have a terrible day and walk in the gym and have Hasheem smile at me. That will change my day.
On Derek Fisher: “He always wants to learn. That motivated me to learn that there is never a point where you can stop getting better.”
On Perk: “ I hated you before you got here…but one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.”
On Nick Collison: “The first guy I met when I got to Seattle as an 18-year-old. You knew I had potential; you respect me as a man and as a player.”
On Thabo Sefolosha:” When you came to the team, I didn’t know if you spoke English or not so I didn’t know how approach you.
Durant talked about Caron Butler, and how he put a piece of paper on his locker saying: KD, MVP.
When you got people behind you, you can do whatever.
On Serge Ibaka: “You still can’t speak English but I know what you talking about.”
On young guys(Jackson,Adams,Roberson, etc.): “When I needed an extra push, you guys are there.”
Russ: “An emotional guy who will run through a wall for me. I don’t take it for granted, there are days when I wanna tackle you and tell you to snap out of it. I love you man, I love you. A lot of people put unfair criticism on you as a player, and im the first to have your back through it all. Everyone loves you here, I love you. I thank you so much. You made me better. I always wanted to compete with you. I always want to out work you. It is a blessing to play with you.”
On the fans: We want to win a championship for you guys. This city all they want us to be is ourselves. We are all working process as men, and you still love us.
On Oklahoma City: “The grass is not always greener on the other side. You learn to appreciate these people.”
After how emotional and moving that speech was, I hope that momentum transfers over to tomorrow as the Thunder need a big time win in Game 2.