In his acceptance speech, Durant told the story of when he first arrived in Oklahoma, calling the adjustment a “rough start.”
“But as time went on, I started to realize the core values of Oklahomans. Hard work, resiliency, humility. It made me a better man and a better basketball player,” Durant said.
At the conclusion of his speech, Durant made sure to add that he hopes teammate Russell Westbrook will be honored by Oklahoma next year.
Durant, 27, was selected in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. After his first season, the team moved to Oklahoma City, becoming the Thunder.
You can read the entire speech below, via Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman.
Over the course of his career, Durant has averaged 27.3 points, 3.5 assists, and 6.9 rebounds.
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