When the Golden State Warriors clinched the NBA championship, star player Kevin Durant was commended for his achievements and dedication to the team, but no one had more pride for the star than his mother, Wanda. Durant described the iconic win as a dream come true and number one supporter, his mom, was right there, supporting him on every step of his journey.
Wanda Durant was invited on ‘Good Morning America’ to speak about her sons achievements and how she raised the NBA star. Durant had two sons and brought them up as a single mother, overcoming many struggles along the way to stay as engaged as possible as a parent and get the absolute best out of her two sons. She said of her encouragement “On the court I was very demanding in practice and workouts. The coach would say ‘Kevin do 25 push-ups,’ and I would come in with my flippin attitude and say ‘do 250,’ I just taught him how to go beyond what was required and dig deeper.”
Wanda’s decision to be a demanding mother paid off in the end and of the winning moment for her son, she stated “I felt fulfilled as a mom,” She continued about Kevin, “When he gave the speech and he talked about me in the speech … I felt like he got, he understood why I was the type of mother that I was — sometimes a little psychotic. But at that moment I felt like I was fulfilled as a parent because it was like all that hard work really paid off.”
Kevin’s love and appreciation for his mother certainly seems to be reciprocated and he showed this when he was named the league MVP in 2014. Durant delivered an emotional and heartwarming speech which was dedicated to his mother and how she always encouraged him to be the best he could be, sacrificing her own life to make sure her sons had it all. He said “We wasn’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 the real MVP.”
Wanda went on to tell ‘Good Morning America’ that she wanted to be the kind of mother that pushed her children to live out their dream and thrive in all aspects of life. However, she admitted that at times, it was tough and that “There were several times I wanted to quit, but the look in their eyes was what kept me going … no matter how hard it was I just couldn’t be a quitter for them.”