Kevin Durant (Sue Ogrocki/AP) Kevin Durant (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Yesterday, I told you about how Wall Street titan John Mack praised his openly gay son at a big conference last week as being “at every level, the son I wanted.” So beautiful and heartfelt were his words that I choked up. Well, it happened again. This time it was basketball great Kevin Durant who made me misty.

Durant is a forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder who won the 2013-2014 Kia NBA most valuable player trophy last night. His speech was filled with thanks and love for all those who helped him get to where he is. But it was what he said to his mother, Wanda Pratt, that put a lump in my throat.

Oklahoma Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named the NBA's 2013-14 most valuable player. He gave an emotional speech during the award ceremony. (The Washington Post)

And last my mom. We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street. You put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.

As the son of a single mom who made similar sacrifices, watching Durant’s mother react to his praise moved me beyond words. His humility and gratitude says a lot about the values Pratt instilled in her son in word and deed. She was always an MVP to Durant. Now everyone knows it.

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