You couldn’t have written a better moment than this.
The humility. “I’m usually good at talking, but I’m a little nervous today.”
The rawness. “I don’t know why I’m crying so much man.” Through tears to his mom: “You’re the real MVP.”
The authenticity and perspective. “First off, I’d like to thank God for changing my life. Basketball’s just a platform in order for me to inspire people, and I realize that.”
The vulnerability and admission of failure. “We disappoint you guys sometimes, but we try our best every single night. You love us as we are. We’re all a work in progress as men.”
I cannot get over what happened last Tuesday afternoon as Kevin Durant accepted his first NBA MVP award.
In a very me-centered industry and world, the moment quickly became about everybody else. The Thunder wouldn’t be the Thunder without KD. Everyone knows that. But what could have been the Durant Show turned into something so special people are still talking about it”…KD acknowledging, praising and thanking every person who’s been part of his journey to be named the best basketball player this season.
Kevin Durant took a moment that could have, and in the world’s eyes should have, been all about him and made it about something greater than himself.
Leadership. That’s what we were all privileged to watch.
He isn’t perfect. In fact, he’s no different than any of us: a work in progress. I’m extremely cautious to elevating him, but it seems evident he’s striving. And according to his speech, he’s found his something greater. “Last I’d like to thank God again. He’s the first and the last, Alpha and Omega. Thanks for saving my life.”
KD, your platform is vast. Thanks for and keep using it to point to something greater.
Cheering you on from afar,
And on this Mother’s Day, shout out to my real MVP, Mama Roth! The only fitting card for Mother’s Day 2014!