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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant presented with MVP in front of home fans

Before Wednesday night’s game, Kevin Durant had one more MVP engagement to attend. It was a center court ceremony, with commissioner Adam Silver officially presenting him with the award.
by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Modified: May 7, 2014 at 11:55 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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Westbrook confirmed what Durant said in his speech. That, yes, he would indeed run through a wall for Durant.

“Of course,” Westbrook said.

Westbrook classified Tuesday’s ceremony “one of those moments that you won’t forget.”

“It’s an amazing accomplishment to be the best player on the planet. Only a few can say (they’re an NBA MVP),” Westbrook said. “He definitely deserved it. He’s worked extremely hard to put himself in position to be where he is now. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

SPEECH HIT HOME FOR BROOKS

The best part of Durant’s MVP acceptance speech in the eyes of coach Scott Brooks was the tribute to his mother.

It was the most touching moment for many, but Brooks identified with it on a personal level.

“That’s what hit me the most,” Brooks said. “I’m going back, and my mom’s birthday was a couple of days ago. So that’s obviously very emotional for me.”

Brooks’ mother died in January 2013.

RIVERS’ ALSO APPLAUDS SPEECH

Clippers coach Doc Rivers was also among those impressed by Durant’s speech.

“I thought it was great, I was really moved by it,” Rivers said. “…His mom and him and his brother had been through so much. It's rare that you get a chance to publicly thank your parents. I thought that was really cool.”

STAR GAZING

Notables in the house on Wednesday night: NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Sacramento mayor and former player Kevin Johnson, multimillionaire and NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein, former Dallas Cowboys star Troy Aikman and rap mogul Jay Z, who is also Durant’s agent.

MVPizza DEAL

Oklahoma City keeps benefitting from Durant’s MVP.

As a tribute to Durant’s prestigious award, OKC-area Pizza Huts have announced a special deal from now until the Thunder is out of the playoffs. With any order of a large pizza, you can add another pizza for 35 cents, an ode to Durant’s number.

It is being called the MVPizza deal.

UP NEXT

Game 3 is on Friday night in Los Angeles. Tip is at 9:30 Oklahoma time on ESPN.

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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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