Kevin Durant Thanks Thunder's NBA D-League Alums in MVP Speech
By all accounts, Kevin Durant delivered one of the most moving and memorable acceptance speeches ever for an NBA award -- or any league's award, for that matter -- in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. And much of what made it so special was his genuine appreciation of every person involved in helping him become the MVP, from his mother to superstar sidekick Russell Westbrook to, yes, the Thunder's five Tulsa 66ers alums.
"I can't forget about my young guys," Durant said. "We had a group text after Game 5 and I forgot to put my young guys in there and they felt some type of way about it. So Jeremy, Perry, Andre, Steven, Reggie, Grant: You guys make me so much better without even knowing, man. Because I know I set an example for you.
"I know I have my bad days and I say some words I'm not supposed to say sometimes, but when I need an extra push, you guys are there, man. I appreciate that. I appreciate that because I'm not always the best leader, I'm not always the best player, I don't always shoot the best in the games, but our little handshakes we do before the games, that gets me going."
Here's what KD had to say about each of the former 66ers: