Kevin Durant’s dedication, focus, perseverance and hard work, has finally paid off with an NBA Finals MVP trophy in hand.
The 28-year-old got emotional as his loving mom who sat in the stands watched him raise the coveted award.
Kevin Durant celebrates after winning the 2017 NBA Finals MVP.
His invaluable contributions made great impacts on the Golden State Warriors’ campaign to the final games against LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the game 5 victory which ended 129-120 against last year’s champions, Durant scored a total of 39 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and an awesome steal on the last day to ensure his side were crowned victors.
It was a historical achievement for the Warriors who thrashed a long list of opponents even on their home grounds.
In a pre-award statement from NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Durant’s recognition was a result of hard work.
“In his 10th year in the league, he’s been a perennial All-Star,” said Silver. “He’s been the league MVP. But he’s never been the Finals MVP. Your Bill Russell 2017 Finals MVP: Kevin Durant.”
Durant’s tenth year as an NBA player has been a success story. Although his first NBA title comes belated from this victory over the Cavs, he has won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, NBA Finals MVP Award, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and two Olympic gold medals.
The former Oklahoma City player has earned a place among All-NBA (Seven Times) and All-Star (eight times) teams.
Speaking with ABC’s Doris Burke on the court after the title victory, Durant confessed, “I was anxious, I was jittery. I couldn’t sleep for two days.”
His comment was in reference to their Friday night loss to LeBron James’ team.
“I just wanted to lay it all out there,” he added. “I put in work. I just had to trust in it.”
The tears of joy from his mom was understandable since Durant’s last trip to the NBA Finals was 5 years ago when, as an Oklahoma player, he played and lost against Miami Heat in 2012.
Image: Kevin Durant at a press conference after his 2017 Finals MVP win.
Coincidentally, James was at the receiving end with his Cav’s teammates on Monday.
“We did it,” an excited Durant told his mom at the podium.
He is one of the highest-paid basketball players in the world, with mouth-watering endorsements from Nike and Foot Locker.
As a philanthropist, he leads the league in All-Star votes and his jerseys are selling like hot cakes.
The finals MVP revealed to James Corben, after finding time to Face Time with the Late Late Show host, that he and his Golden State Warriors teammates went partying all night till dawn.
“My first drink was pretty rough going down, so… I had a tough night,” said the player who seem to have avoided alcohol in the last six months.
“But I got more ahead, so I gotta pace myself,” he brightened up with hopes.
The TV personality was quick to ask if the party had just started, and Durant quipped, “Yeah, all summer.”