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.