Video: Kevin Durant’s moving MVP acceptance speech

posted at 11:21 am on May 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

Not our ordinary fare but this is no ordinary speech and Durant’s no ordinary man. It’s raw from start to finish, but if you’re pressed, skip to 5:00 in and listen to him talk about his mother. It takes some heroic parenting to raise someone with world-beating talent to be this selfless and thoughtful. He’s not exaggerating much when he calls her the real MVP.

If you’re unfamiliar with Durant the player but remember Michael Jordan dominating the league 20 years ago, this will help put things in perspective. If you’re unfamiliar with Durant the person, there’s no shortage of insights into his character online. Start here, here, and here. The words “role model” are perfectly apt.


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What? He didn’t call white people the evil scourge of the earth? Nothing to see here, move along…

oscarwilde on May 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Blake won’t post to this or he /she will find some negative story about Durant and call him a thug.

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Blake won’t post to this or he /she will find some negative story about Durant and call him a thug.

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

And you’ll take this opportunity to call someone a racist.

No surprises here.

gwelf on May 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Hey lib free–have you commented yet about your brothers in Nigeria kidnapping black girls and selling them into slavery? I mean, a real racist war on women, but done by your allies, the Muslims?

I looked, but couldn’t see any comments from you.

I missed your comments also on the Arthur Chu statement that Brandon Eich is far more dangerous than Sterling. Do you agree or disagree that racism is less threatening than believing that marriage should be between males and females?

Vanceone on May 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Former fan of the NBA (still some interest but the past enthusiasm is gone).
I like that KD’s in the league and played well enough to earn this honor, though.

22044 on May 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Love the caveat they put in the Jordan story (in the link), “in the three point era”. ESPN does that a lot, putting “in the last 20/30 years” on things so as to make today’s players & Jordan more elite (they don’t need it, they are elite). Reason: pretty much every scoring number is DOMINATED by Wilt Chamberlain, so they must start comparisons beyond his playing days.

What Durant did, especially during his tremendous streak, would’ve been a slump during Chamberlain’s heyday. Not an exaggeration. Go look at Wilt’s first 7 years in the NBA. A man among children.

Cam Winston on May 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Despite all the snark, it was a class act by Durant.

vnvet on May 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Arthur Chu is an idiot.

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

“That’s my baby”….

d1carter on May 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

If there’s anyone who deserved to put an end to LeBron’s reign as MVP, it’s this kid. He’s always been a class act and has always conducted himself the right way. When LeBron was doing “The Decision,” this kid simply tweeted that he was resigning with the Thunder.

Great kid and great speech. Although I’m not rooting for the Thunder, I’m rooting for this kid.

GOPRanknFile on May 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

As a Rockets fan(and a long-suffering one at that), I’ll always rank Dream’s 1994 MVP acceptance speech as my favorite. He actually had his teammates join him on the court and hoist the MVP trophy together. I’ve never seen anyone else in the NBA do that.

That being said, this is a close 2nd.

Doughboy on May 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Blake won’t post to this or he /she will find some negative story about Durant and call him a thug.

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

How’s the plank in your eye doing?

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on May 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Blake won’t post to this or he /she will find some negative story about Durant and call him a thug.

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Do you ever have something positive to say? EVER?

gophergirl on May 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Does Kevin Durand really deserve $17 million a year to throw a ball around?

Imagine how much economic stimulus and poverty reduction we’d have if we applied Thomas Pikkety’s principals to professional sports.

For that matter, imagine how California could resolve their deficit, fight poverty and build new transit and energy projects if they only had the courage to take 80% of the wealth away from the oligarch billionaires in Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

Or Oprah, for that matter. What does one woman need $3 billion for? Imagine how many people could be helped if she wasn’t hoarding such a big slice of the economic pie. People are literally starving to death right now due to Oprah’s greed.

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Inspiring. Thanks for posting, AP, otherwise I probably would not have seen this. A wonderful tribute to his mom for Mother’s Day.

Oh and libfreeordie, I don’t ever recognize you but this time I gotta say you really crapped on a nice thread. Please go back under your rock.

Brat on May 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Missing you KD. Take care.

kcewa on May 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Does Kevin Durand really deserve $17 million a year to throw a ball around?

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Absolutely not. He deserves much more.

The only reason he only makes $17 million is because the NBA has a maximum salary floor. If he wasn’t for the collective bargaining agreement, his salary would easily top $30 million.

I think you should study some economics. You could start with the principle that economics isn’t a zero-sum game. Then maybe try something on the price-system.

joana on May 7, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Blake won’t post to this or he /she will find some negative story about Durant and call him a thug. libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

We’re still waiting for you here.

Akzed on May 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

People are literally starving to death right now due to Oprah’s greed.

That stupid old college joke suddenly seems appropriate: Name five.

cbenoistd on May 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Blake won’t post to this or he /she will find some negative story about Durant and call him a thug.

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

.
We’re still waiting for your counter-response(s) to other commenters on that “teen home invaders were shot dead” thread.

listens2glenn on May 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Does Kevin Durand really deserve $17 million a year to throw a ball around?

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

It’s “Durant” and he deserves way more than 17 mil a year. Yes, he gets a lot of protection from the NBA refs(so do most superstars in the league though), but he is one of the best scorers I’ve ever seen and 2nd only to LeBron as the best player in the league today.

If you wanna just view it from an economic standpoint, the value he brings to the OKC franchise alone makes him worth that kind of money. If Durant bolts after 2016(and he will if they don’t win a title in the next 2 years), the Thunder are gonna be stuck in basketball purgatory for a very long time.

Doughboy on May 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Never flagrant foul a man with glasses!

cbenoistd on May 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Does Kevin Durand really deserve $17 million a year to throw a ball around?

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Tired of having his team deduct a portion of that from your bank account every month?

Bishop on May 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

You should tell us when you’re kidding.

Akzed on May 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Is this the NBA guy who wants to be a Global Icon?

Galtian on May 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Dang. I hate tearing up at work….

SailorMark on May 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

“Kevin Durrant is one of the classiest, genuinely good people in American Sports! He is truly a role model. He has tattoos, but he didn’t get them anywhere they would be visible while he is wearing his jersey because he doesn’t want kids to think tattoos are cool. Plus, when there was a really bad tornado last year in Oklahoma, he donated $1mil of his own money to relief efforts. And he’s from Maryland! I wish I could watch his games more often. He’s my favorite player.”

Just sent this link to one of my sons, his response.

Akzed on May 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I am crying like a little kid. KD is really one of the good guys, and it is all due to the Mother that raised him.

Pelosi delende est on May 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

The entire front page of the Daily Oklahoman newspaper was devoted to honoring KD today, still trying to make up for that Mr. Unreliable headline, LOL.

mbs on May 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Galtian on May 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I really don’t care about my global brand or anything like that. I just want to come out here and be the best player.

Link

notropis on May 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Does Kevin Durand really deserve $17 million a year to throw a ball around?

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Absolutely. And it’s Durant, moron.

mbs on May 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Does Kevin Durand really deserve $17 million a year to throw a ball around?

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

What sport does Mr. Durand play?

kcewa on May 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Does Kevin Durand really deserve $17 million a year to throw a ball around?

So what if he is making that much money? It doesn’t matter if there is one millionaire or a bunch: no one else has a claim to their money.

It is cringe worthy that so many millionaire Hollywood actors and millionaire politicians consider it fine to take from the CEO who makes a fraction of what they make simply because they think they work in “art” or politics and thus are more “noble” than the guy managing hundreds of people. But, even with that said, I am not going to go out and try to take away what someone else earned.

If you want “stimulus” for California better start by cutting those excessive taxes and regulations they keep passing. Then you will see real stimulus.

ptcamn on May 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Well brought up and well-spoken. A great role model.

crankyoldlady on May 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Absolutely. And it’s Durant, moron.

mbs on May 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Heh, I think TaraMaclay(must be a Buffy fan) got Kevin Durant confused with Kevin Durand, the actor. He was on Lost and played Blob in that awful Wolverine movie(the first one, not the good one from last summer).

Doughboy on May 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Does Kevin Durand really deserve $17 million a year to throw a ball around?

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

It’s what the market suggests his value is. Is his work as a basketball player as important as others? Of course not, but no one is saying it is, either.

changer1701 on May 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

You should all watch Mr. T’s acceptance speech at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. It was amazing.

SirGawain on May 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Way to hijack the thread.

Now, back to “Kevin Durant is a class act and that speech was a prime example of it.”

Discuss.

notropis on May 7, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Awesome speech. Refreshing to see a leader who is humble and self-aware enough to see the bigger picture beyond themselves. Bravo, Mr. Durant.

stout77 on May 7, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Hey lib free–have you commented yet about your brothers in Nigeria kidnapping black girls and selling them into slavery? I mean, a real racist war on women, but done by your allies, the Muslims?

I looked, but couldn’t see any comments from you.

That’s because they hate America, so it’s cool with Lie Freely and Sty:

Raw Video: Terrorist Leader Who Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Declares War On America, Christianity

brentspolemics on May 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

If you’re unfamiliar with Durant the person, there’s no shortage of insights into his character online. Start here, here, and here. The words “role model” are perfectly apt.

Thanks for the links AP. Durant is certainly a class act.

What? He didn’t call white people the evil scourge of the earth? Nothing to see here, move along…

oscarwilde on May 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM

^SWalker aka oscarwilde, not so much.

rukiddingme on May 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Durant the player is definitely worth at least $17 million to the OKC franchise (or else they wouldn’t be paying him).

The more interesting question is whether that speech alone was worth $17 million. Yowzah.

Chuckles3 on May 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Doesn’t he know that he would have been better off under slavery?

everdiso on May 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I can’t tell if you folks are easy like Sunday morning or Poe’s Law is really that strongly in effect around here. Probably the latter though, given the sheer lunacy of some of the more ideological trolls.

ptcamn did catch my point. To paraphrase a favored MSNBC pro-communist handbook, in the world of economic equality, some multimillionaires are more equal than others. You might want to seriously ask why there is no such campaign to prosecute ultra high income celebrities and athletes compared to the ones to prosecute high income… basically everybody else. I guess at this point the hypocrisy speaks for itself and doesn’t surprise anyone.

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Why doesn’t O’Barry or Sharpton or any other racial panhandlers tout him as a role model instead of all the rappers? He is the type person who should be the spokeman for helping kids get out of a bad situation.

Sven on May 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Blake won’t post to this or he /she will find some negative story about Durant and call him a thug.

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Do you ever have something positive to say? EVER?

gophergirl on May 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Mercy no gg, but thats his/her/its (never been sure) worldview. A positive and bright example like Durant just puts libfreeordie in stark relief.

Irritable Pundit on May 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Libfree, you are a certifiable racist. Race never entered the conversation, but yet you brought it up almost immediately. It is too bad you can’t get past the color of people’s skin so that you can join the rest of us in the 21st century.

nclibertarian on May 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Doesn’t he know that he would have been better off under slavery?
 
everdiso on May 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

 
Thank goodness the Republicans didn’t agree, eh everdiso?

rogerb on May 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Mercy no gg, but thats his/her/its (never been sure) worldview. A positive and bright example like Durant just puts libfreeordie in stark relief.

Irritable Pundit on May 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Yep

22044 on May 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I wonder if this thread will get past one page of comments.

A lightweight like Ashton Kucher got pages and pages of comments for winning an mtv “award”. Of course, he was white.

everdiso on May 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Blake won’t post to this or he /she will find some negative story about Durant and call him a thug.

libfreeorgan on May 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

…but you get a chance to do your race-hustling rants…

Doesn’t he know that he would have been better off under slavery?

eradipshit on May 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

…along with your lover…and shit on a thread…depicting a truly exceptional American!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Everdiso…another racist obsessed with skin color.

nclibertarian on May 7, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Excellence steps forward. To he who overcomes….

jake49 on May 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Mom also got Oklahoma City’s main newspaper to apologize to her son last week for their “Mr. Unreliable” headline, after Durant’s struggles in the first five games of the Thunder’s series against Memphis. Anytime you can get someone in Oklahoma to apologize to someone who played for the University of Texas, that’s a major accomplishment.

jon1979 on May 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Refreshing to see someone from the NBA spend most of the time of his MVP speech talking about others, especially his teammates.

Great speech.

portlandon on May 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Blake won’t post to this or he /she will find some negative story about Durant and call him a thug.

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Well, you’re wrong, a$$hole.

Libfreak is still has his panties in a twist because I called people who commit murder, and their enablers, thugs.

You obviously have no respect for this kid because you went out of your way to highjack the thread and make it all about you, libfreak.

Blake on May 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM

portlandon on May 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Are you rooting for the Blazers, portlandon?

GOPRanknFile on May 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I am not a basketball fan and have never heard of Kevin Durant, but I have to say he is very impressive.

I have myself a new hero.

Well done, sir!

NavyMustang on May 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Are you rooting for the Blazers, portlandon?

GOPRanknFile on May 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

BIG TIME!! #RipCity

(got our a$$es handed to us last night.)

portlandon on May 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

BIG TIME!! #RipCity

(got our a$$es handed to us last night.)

portlandon on May 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I’m a Spurs guy, so I was happy to see how well the Spurs played, but I hope they don’t get too overconfident. Portland is a damn good team. I expect to see a big game from Lillard tomorrow.

GOPRanknFile on May 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I’m a Spurs guy, so I was happy to see how well the Spurs played, but I hope they don’t get too overconfident. Portland is a damn good team. I expect to see a big game from Lillard tomorrow.

GOPRanknFile on May 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I can appreciate good basketball, and the Spurs were a thing of beauty last night. This series is a chess match. Real intellectual ball here.

The Blazers Houston match was a vendetta. Cold hard smash & grab ball.

portlandon on May 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I am crying like a little kid. KD is really one of the good guys, and it is all due to the Mother that raised him.

Pelosi delende est on May 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

KD also credits God “for turning his life around.” He thanked God first. After he thanked his mom, he finished by thanking God again. Amazing!!

monalisa on May 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Why is Kevin Durant not president?

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM

I can appreciate good basketball, and the Spurs were a thing of beauty last night. This series is a chess match. Real intellectual ball here.

The Blazers Houston match was a vendetta. Cold hard smash & grab ball.

portlandon on May 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Agreed. Both teams play basketball the way it should be played. That starting lineup is scary. The scariest thing about it is that everyone in that lineup is young. Aldridge is the oldest and he’s only 28.

GOPRanknFile on May 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM

@ Schad

like he wuld want the pay cut and subsequent hassles
[!!!!]

ABreitbart on May 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Simply stated- this isn’t for you to decide nor is it government’s role either- whether it GW Bush or Obama- none of their business

theblacksheepwasright on May 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I think you should study some economics. You could start with the principle that economics isn’t a zero-sum game. Then maybe try something on the price-system.

joana

I think you should study a dictionary. You can start with the word sarcasm.

xblade on May 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Hah, Tara, superb!!!

I see you caught quite a few.

Excellent. Good sarc never needs a tag :)

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2014 at 2:21 PM

I wonder if this thread will get past one page of comments.

everdiso

I wonder who plays catcher when you and libfreemoron get together.

xblade on May 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM

KD is loved around here. A hero on the court and giving off the court. The news anchors on the OKC stations were trying to hold it together after their report on his speech.

tj4osu on May 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

KD = authenticity + humility + gratefulness + world class talent

He’s loved here in Oklahoma City for all of those qualities and they were on full display during his speech. It’s so easy to throw darts at much of what goes on in this world which makes the 20+ minutes watching his speech so much more refreshing.

By the way, not sure if anyone noticed this, but he did that without any notes.

Tar Heel Sooner on May 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

hmm guys I really think this is sarcasm .. at least I took it that way …
if I am wrong I apologize … I have not seen this guy before …
must be one of the new guys ….

conservative tarheel on May 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM

By the way, not sure if anyone noticed this, but he did that without any notes.

Tar Heel Sooner on May 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Yes I did notice and meant to include that in my original comment. No Teleprompter either!
Which reminds me, wonder if Barry and Moochelle will tweet congrats to him like they did Jason Collins when he came out.

Brat on May 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

ct,

i dunno, i already tangled with her on another thread — i’m thinking she ain’t all there
[!!!!]

ABreitbart on May 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

You might want to seriously ask why there is no such campaign to prosecute ultra high income celebrities and athletes compared to the ones to prosecute high income… basically everybody else. TaraMaclay on May 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Does anyone understand this at all?

Akzed on May 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Dang, the pollen count is high today.

Ed Morrissey on May 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I lost interest in pro sports years ago. However I love a road trip and a show, so I went to see the 76′rs vs. Thunder back in Jan. Durant was the only player on either team I had ever heard of. The seats were good and the beer was cold.

I cannot adequately describe how good KD is. His basketball skills and head for the game were only surpassed by his physical gifts. Seeing him play was well worth the price of admission and I highly recommend you catch that show if you can.

FineasFinn on May 7, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I can’t believe all of you so-called conservatives are saying such nice things about him, did you guys notice he is black?

Sven on May 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Durant should have been giving that speech in Seattle, not Oklahoma Effing City.

charlesbird on May 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I do not comment much, just lurk (learned that from late night ‘crew’) but love KD. Have seen him play a couple of times. My husband loves basketball me, not so much. I started really liking him when He finally revealed what was in his backpack that he always
carries….”Ipad, Bible, headphones and cell phone chargers.” Also got to see him play Santa for kids, not televised and no reporters.

4reds on May 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Blake won’t post to this or he /she will find some negative story about Durant and call him a thug.

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

You really are an utterly shameless pile of stinking detritus. An uplifting story about a man who chooses to behave as a man, not a prima donna nor an elitist, and you have to be putrid and negative. Grow up.

Doesn’t he know that he would have been better off under slavery?

everdiso on May 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

And the sock-puppet shows up. Hey stupid, Bundy’s remark isn’t apropos here, because Durant’s mother, who is applauded by all conservatives everywhere, WORKED to keep her family off the dole, and out of the institutional slavery which is the welfare system. See how that works? No, I knew that you could not.

Freelancer on May 8, 2014 at 3:57 AM

Dang, the pollen count is high today.

Ed Morrissey on May 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Lolz! You’re such a softy at heart. ; )

Bmore on May 8, 2014 at 7:58 AM