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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 did their part in just making this thing roll,” Durant told The Oklahoman. “Because it’s tough living in this lifestyle, playing in the NBA, traveling so much, having a lot of money. It’s tough to really grasp at a young age. And they helped me out with it since Day One.”

Others have impacted Durant. He didn’t forget about them even if they haven’t been as visible to the general public.

“They all have a story,” Durant told The Oklahoman. “A few of them went to jail and they needed somebody to help them out and lean on and support them. And I wanted to be that guy. And I knew that they would do the same for me.”

Durant rarely speaks about his private life, and he’s been even more guarded about his family. But in those final four minutes of his 26-minute speech, Durant opened up and provided a rare peek into his support system.

“I just wanted to let them know how much I love them and how much they had a hand on me winning the MVP,” Durant told The Oklahoman. “Their support, their positivity and just keeping it real with me every day; just loving on me no matter what, just letting me know when I make mistakes and how I can be better from them. They do a tremendous job. They should be celebrated. So I just try to do my best to let them know.”

Durant couldn’t have delivered a better tribute.

It was humble and heartfelt and honest, and it magnificiently honored the people who mean the most to Durant.

“All my support from all my friends, all my family over the years, I appreciate it,” Durant said.

Durant labeled his MVP news conference surreal. As he accepted the trophy, he thought back to all the tough times his family overcame to get to this point. He thought about how much he’s matured and all those who helped him along the way.

“To be up there was just like a total 180 for me,” Durant said.

The one constant was his supporting cast.

The MVP’s most valuable people.

“They stood by me but they kept it real,” Durant said. “We’re just like any other family that goes through tough times. Just because I’m blessed enough to be financially stable and live out my dreams, we still go through problems. That’s what families do. But we stick together through it all.”