For the first time in his seven year career Kevin Durant was this week named the NBA’s most valuable player for the 2013/2014 season.
The 25-year-old Washington DC native captured his fourth scoring title in five seasons this campaign and lead the Oklahoma Thunder to the Northwest Division title and the NBA playoffs.
In a tearful speech Durant said: ‘‘I just never thought I could make it to college and the NBA or stand up in front of you guys and be the MVP.It’s just a surreal feeling. And I had so much help. So many people believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.
‘‘So many people doubted me and motivated me every single day to be who I am. I failed so many times and got back up. I’ve been through the toughest times with my family but I’m still standing.”
Durant won the accolade by a landslide leaving Miami Heat’s LeBron James, who had won the MVP title four times in the last five seasons, a distant second in the voting while Blake Griffin of the troubled Los Angeles Clippers was third.