Early lesson on money pays off for Kevin Durant

Thunder star learned from his mother how to save his money. Now he's applying those same skills as he prepares to sign a multi-million dollar contract extension.
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: July 2, 2010 at 10:06 am •  Published: July 1, 2010

Wanda Pratt would hand her baby boy $20 and send him on his way.

The kid could spend the money however he saw fit, but it was all mom could dole out for the week.

"I had to save it up and not buy things that I didn't need," said Kevin Durant.

"That's how I learned to manage my money back then."

Roughly 10 years later, Durant still is applying those same money-management skills — even as he sits on the brink of signing a multi-million dollar contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The deal is likely to pay Durant more than $80 million over five years, offering unprecedented riches to even the NBA's newest superstar.

But Durant doesn't seem fazed by the dollar signs. And it's the exact type of character mom aimed to instill through the $20 per week allowance.

"I didn't know he remembered that," Pratt said, admittedly having forgotten herself. "But it makes me proud that he's taken something, just a small lesson that I was trying to give him to show him the importance of the value of money and it has had a lasting impact on him. That's really special to me, and that was the effect that I wanted. I didn't know that it was going to be in this realm of course, but I'm quite proud."

In an age where fame and fortune has turned some celebrities into prima donnas, Durant seems as down-to-Earth as ever. He carries himself with the same humility as he did when he was a wide-eyed rookie in Seattle.

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