You may not be an NBA fan. No matter. You really do need to watch this portion of Kevin Durant’s speech upon receiving this year’s MVP Award.
Mr. Durant, a forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the NBA’s scoring leader this year, is known as one of the wonderful human beings in professional sports. Soft spoken and gentle in manner, humble, a person who is generous with his time for charities, he is by all accounts a deeply impressive person. When he was (ludicrously) criticized for his play in the first round by the Oklahoman newspaper with the headline “Mr. Unreliable,” he refused to lash out. He simply said he needed to raise the level of his game–which, amazingly, he did. (The Thunder went on to win the series against Memphis, with Durant playing superb in game seven.)
In his speech, Durant–after having praised his coaches and teammates–pays tribute to his friends, his family, and especially his mother. It’s quite touching. He’s led a challenging life. Yet rather than allowing it to harden or alienate him, Durant seems to have grown in grace and dignity. But see for yourself.