Posted: Jun 13 2017 08:50AM EDT
Updated: Jun 13 2017 04:07PM EDT
OAKLAND, Calif. - Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is an NBA champion and the league's MVP. But he hasn't forgotten where he started.
On the court moments after the win, Durant hugged his mother Wanda and talked about the support he received from his family, friends, and his hometown. WATCH THE POSTGAME INTERVIEW
"She’s seen me as a kid putting in work. She's seen how I come home after losses and how tough I take it. She's been there with me," he said.
Durant said his father, brother and other family members have given him support along the way.
He even took the time to mention the support his hometown of Prince George's County gave him during his career. "Everybody in Seat Pleasant; everybody in P.G. County, Maryland; everybody in D.C., Virginia. Ya'll been riding with me. And it feels good to see it come full circle - so I'm enjoying it."
Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said in a statement about Durant:
“I am thrilled that Prince George’s County’s own, Kevin Durant, won his first world championship and was named MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals. Kevin Durant has always exhibited such pride in the county he was raised in.
Like so many Prince Georgians, I was so proud that he gave the region and the county a shout out during his MVP acceptance speech last night. Kevin’s commitment to excellence is a wonderful example to the people of this County, but, more importantly, he understands that he is a role model for the young who see him as more than just a great basketball player.
Today, we celebrate the incredible season the Golden State Warriors had and like so many other championship teams, they displayed the great things people can accomplish when they work together. On behalf of all Prince Georgians, I congratulate Kevin Durant for a job well done and wishes him much success in the future.”
A year ago, Durant was the NBA's most coveted free agent. Locals had hoped he would sign with the hometown Washington Wizards. Instead, Durant joined Stephen Curry and the Warriors in the Bay Area.
The Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the NBA Finals.
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