Kevin Durant's mother, Wanda Pratt, didn't hesitate when asked whether she thinks her son could challenge Michael Jordan as the greatest player in NBA history. "Of course I do," she said in an appearance on ESPN's First Take on Wednesday morning.
The question of whether a 23-year-old in his first NBA Finals could go down as the game's best player is of course premature -- some would say absurd -- but Pratt quickly backed her son on that and other questions posed to her.
Durant and his mom are famously close. Pratt lived with Durant during his rookie year, and he was fine with it. "She can make me a better person and make the transition easier," he said at the time, "so why not?"
On Wednesday, Pratt was also asked to make a predication on what Oklahoma City, which won Game 1 over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, will do in the NBA Finals. She kept her response simple: "Win."
When pressed on how many games the Thunder would need, she would only answer, "As many as they need to (win)."
Durant and teammate Russell Westbrook have received attention for their post-game attire. Durant, toting his backpack, sports a look that has been called "geek chic" and "nerd swag." His mother approves, telling him: "Finally, I wanted you to dress like this from the beginning." As for Westbrook, who has worn some unusual shirts to his press conferences, "The shirts, I think they work for him."