Kevin Durant has been playing pro basketball for 7 years. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Thunder forward won the biggest individual honor in basketball. An emotional Durant accepted the 2013-2014 Most Valuable Player trophy in Edmond, Oklahoma. He received 119 first place votes. According to Fox Sports, Russell Westbrook said, "He's been the most consistent guy all season long. He's done a great job of leading us to where we are now. He's basically put himself in front of everybody else in the league and shown that he's the best player in the world."
The MVP winner stepped up to the podium and thanked God for changing his life. Durant described the feeling as surreal. He started his speech with humility and it continued until the end.
He credited his family for getting him through his tough times and for being supportive. He talked of the fans of Oklahoma City, telling them that they want to win a championship for them and calling them the leagues finest. He told his coach, Scott Brooks that he loved him and expressed that he should take more credit. Through tear filled eyes, the Thunder Star shared some of his life experiences and struggles. He ended the incredible speech by telling his mom that she is the real MVP.
Last week, The Oklahoman newspaper wrote a headline about Durant being "Mr. Unreliable." The article talked about how KD struggled against Memphis Grizzlies defense and had poor free throw shooting, therefore making him unreliable. Durant stepped up to the foul line three times only to make one shot out of two on all three attempts. During his Thunder career, has been nearly perfect on free throw attempts.
The Oklahoman later apologized for the headline. The paper went on to explain that they were not commenting on Durant's season or career but were emphasizing the Memphis series. Fans expressed their feeling that the paper got it all wrong. KD has proved over and over to Oklahoma to be reliable.
ESPN quoted KD saying "I put in so much work and so many people helped me," he said. "I feel like we all won it. Our equipment guy gave me a hug today and said, 'This is my first MVP,' and I thought about that. And I said, 'Yeah, this is our first MVP.' I couldn't have done it without the teammates, without the trainer. Everybody. We all just did this together."
Fans describe Durant as being a very humble individual. He genuinely cares for everyone. He is Oklahoma's most valuable player.