Kevin Durant: In his MVP speech, like everything else in his life, Durant followed the 'framily' plan

THE SPEECH — Ever wondered who those people are who sit courtside with Kevin Durant’s family? The Thunder superstar recognized them in his MVP speech.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 13, 2014


photo - Thunder forward Kevin Durant, center, watches a basketball game between OU and Texas with his friend Randy Williams, left, and brother, Tony Durant, right. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Thunder forward Kevin Durant, center, watches a basketball game between OU and Texas with his friend Randy Williams, left, and brother, Tony Durant, right. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

They sat in the front row, shoulder-to-shoulder, staring back at a watery-eyed Kevin Durant with misty eyes of their own.

This was as much their moment as it was his.

“This is our trophy, too,” Durant told them during his emotional speech for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award.

Durant was speaking to his family and friends, the tightly-knit inner circle to which he dedicated the final four minutes of his powerful speech.

Durant singled out those who mean the most to him. They are the MVP’s most valuable people.

His mother, Wanda Pratt.

“You’re the real MVP,” Durant told her.

His older brother, Tony Durant.

“You’ve taught me to feel confident in myself, believe in myself; that I could do it when I didn’t think I could do it,” Durant said.

His father, Wayne Pratt.

“You’ve always been there supporting from afar, texting me bible verses every single day, telling me you love me every single day,” Durant said. “And that builds me up. And I thank you so much. I love you.”

His younger brother, Rayvonne Lee.

“You always followed after my footsteps,” Durant told him. “I always want to set a good example for you, man. Thank you for all the support. I love you.”

His grandmother, Barbara Davis, who couldn’t be in attendance.

“I know she’s watching,” Durant said. “She’s going to text me as soon as I get off the stage. Thank you so much for picking me up from school when I was a kid. Fixing me peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day. Texting me after every game telling me I need to stop getting techs. And loving me unconditionally.”

Durant then turned his attention to close friends —we’ll call it his “framily” in a nod to the Sprint cellphone commericals featuring Durant that have been running during the playoffs.

Charlie Bell, a confidant he’s known since the age of 8, who now serves as a manager of sorts.

“Charlie is a guy that has been there with me from the beginning,” Durant told The Oklahoman. “Since I got into the league he’s helped me out every single day and made sure everything was straight for me and just let me focus on basketball. That’s something I appreciate.”

Cliff Dixon, a young man Wanda Pratt took in when he and Durant were about 16.

Randy Williams, a friend Durant met during his freshman year at Texas.

They’re among the few that comprise Durant’s clique. They’re the people you see cheering from courtside inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. They’re the people who provided much-needed nurturing as Durant navigated his NBA career and set out on this MVP course.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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