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