Durant thanked each one of his teammates individually, saving Russell Westbrook for last, saying "I can speak all night about Russ," and adding that Westbrook is "someone who would run through a wall for me."
He also talked about growing up outside Washington, D.C.
"My dream was to become a rec league coach," Durant said. "That's what I wanted to do. I wanted to stay home and help the kids out and be a coach. I loved basketball so much, I loved playing it, I just never thought that I could make it to college, the NBA or stand up here in front of you guys and be the NBA MVP. It's just a surreal feeling and I've had to much help."
The entire speech can be seen here:
And here is a small sampling of the overwhelmingly positive reaction — and other snippets of the speech — from the Twitter-verse.
Emotional MVP speech from @KDTrey5 - "I’ve been through the toughest times w/ my family,but I’m still standing." His mother, Wanda, in tears
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 6, 2014
Kevin Durant: "Everything in my life I had to go take it. Nothing was ever given to me…If I wanted to win an MVP, I had to go take it."
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 6, 2014
Kevin Durant calls Oklahoma City "the perfect place for me."
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 6, 2014
Congrats to Kevin Durant on winning MVP. What an amazing player and as nice a person as you'll ever meet. Great representative for the NBA. — Steve Kerr (@SteveKerrTNT) May 6, 2014