(CNN) — There were some emotional and touching moments Tuesday night when professional basketball player Kevin Durant accepted the award for 2014’s Most Valuable Player.
But probably the most emotional of the night was when the 6-foot-9, 25-year-old Oklahoma City Thunder Star honored his mother, Wanda Pratt.
Through tears of joy and thankfulness Durant thanked her for pushing him to be better.
He thanked her for always giving everything she had for him and his brother.
Pratt talked that speech Thursday on CNN.
“Because I always told him that whatever successes that they had in life, it didn’t have to be them, it just happened to be them. They always have to remember that. I really believe that remembering that, it all–it just leads you in a place of humility, knowing you are blessed to be in the situation that you are,” Pratt said.
Durant was a heavily recruited high school prospect.
He attended the University of Texas for where he won numerous year-end awards and became the first ever freshman to be named Naismith College Player of the Year.
In the 2007 NBA draft, he was selected second overall by the Supersonics.
After his rookie season, the team moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.