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OKC Thunder Q&A: Kevin Durant on staying in Oklahoma City, his mother's belief in him

The NBA's three-time scoring champion almost quit basketball as a youngster. He is the focus of this week's “Face-to-Face with Hannah Storm,” which is scheduled to air at 6:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN.
COMPILED BY JOHN ROHDE Published: May 21, 2012

/articleid/3677446/1/pictures/1726727">Photo - Fans gather in Thunder Alley before Game 5 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A. Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 21, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Fans gather in Thunder Alley before Game 5 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A. Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 21, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Why do you go to your mother after games (when she is in attendance)?

“She was there from the beginning. No matter what, if I had a good or a bad game, she's always going to be there for me. When I was young, the only person I heard in the stands at a game was her, screaming for me to be a better player, or screaming when I messed up. Now, I see her on that sideline, it's all just so surreal to me. To be honest, there's times when I've been on the (Thunder charter) plane going to another city, I just look around and (think), ‘Wow, I'm here.' I look at my jersey and see the NBA logo, I'm like, ‘I didn't think I'd be here.'”

You didn't think you'd be here?

“I didn't think I'd be here, and the only person that really believed in me, that I could do it from Day 1, was my mom. It's so rare for people to make it. You hear all these stories about, ‘There's one in a million guys that make it to the NBA and stay there.' To see people cheering for me and when they say my name, it's just crazy. It's still crazy to me.”


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