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NBA MVP Kevin Durant: My Mom Is The Real MVP
Real Clear Politics Video ^ | 05-07-2014

Posted on 05/07/2014 9:46:03 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles

A very humble, God fearing Kevin Durant accepts the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award and thanks his mom in the audience. He begins to cry at about the 2:55 mark and recounts how hard she had it raising him and his brother as a single parent at 21 and finally tells her: "You're the real MVP".

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: durant; mom; mvp
I got tears. So close to Mothers Day.
1 posted on 05/07/2014 9:46:03 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

THAT was an awesome speech! I only wish Kevin was still a Seattle Supersonic (yes, we Sonic fans are STILL smarting from that dirty deal!)


2 posted on 05/07/2014 9:56:52 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

Great speech..had tears in my eyes, his Mom sounds like a great lady, raised two sons right


3 posted on 05/07/2014 10:12:17 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

I saw that with the sound off as I was biking in the gym. I could read the expressions and reactions easily to tell what kind of a message he had. That was so very touching. It’s like graduation day, the moment of accomplishment the whole family has worked for, worked together. All he needed was a good baptist organist in the background, gently improvising, the way they’ve always done in those kind of black churches. Very nice. I had to look away from the tv before the ending. The sentiment was almost overwhelming to handle in public. At least for me.


4 posted on 05/07/2014 10:21:44 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

bttt


5 posted on 05/07/2014 11:01:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
So where is the husband of this mother, where is the father of her children? These mothers who raise children without benefit of marriage and a father for those children, deserve our wrath. Very few of these children make it in this world because a woman cares nothing about her future, her morals and just goes with it ‘cause “it feels good” and maybe the man will stick around. And if the end result is a baby, oh well, we'll just let the govt. support them...look at all the generational welfare recipients who live and love this lifestyle.

And if these mothers raised a respectful child, a child who accomplished something in life, be it a sports leg-up in this world, I ask you what has that child learned from the experience of living in a fatherless home? Do these children become responsible men and women who believe in responsibility and understand the reason for the need of an education, the importance of obtaining a job, the value of marriage in terms of a family's success and the strength of
a society,and how the child learns from both the father and mother on now to to become a well rounded human being. Most of them don't...what is the marriage rate for black men and women. I know black women say they can't find decent black men to marry, mostly because black men don't want the responsibility and they can always get the sex when they want it..too many willing, stupid women who have no respect for themselves.

6 posted on 05/08/2014 12:21:08 AM PDT by itssme
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To: itssme

Kevin’s mother was married when both of her children were born. Their father abandoned the family before Kevin’s first birthday, but reconciled with his children when Kevin was 13. Kevin remains close with his father. During his MVP speech, he was thanking his mother for her hard work and presence during those early years. Both parents have jobs and are still employed despite their son being a multi-millionaire.

How do I know this? Google. Perhaps you should have spent 30 seconds researching Kevin’s background before writing such an angry post that presupposed all African-American families are the same.


7 posted on 05/08/2014 4:35:52 AM PDT by OldRanchHand
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

Happy Mother’s Day, and to all those who are lucky enough to have their Moms still around...cherish them!


8 posted on 05/08/2014 4:50:21 AM PDT by kenmcg (b)
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To: itssme
mothers who raise children without benefit of marriage and a father for those children, deserve our wrath.

That's a pretty narrow minded attitude you have.......too bad you never met MY mom.

9 posted on 05/08/2014 5:27:36 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: OldRanchHand

Thanks OldRanchHand. Nicely done.


10 posted on 05/08/2014 5:40:10 AM PDT by pkmaine
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To: itssme

Although much of what you said doesn’t apply to this particular case, I hear your general point and agree that what you said is the norm for too many.

When I was in 8th grade biology, there was a point that resonated with me like nothing else could. It was the fact that I was born with all of the eggs that I would ever have. That my future children were resting inside of me.

That’s when I began to make decisions on how I treated myself for the good of those babies. I didn’t touch drugs. After a couple very short experiences with alcohol, I gave that up, too. I didn’t get a tattoo until after I was done having babies and my body was really my own.

After watching my single mom struggle to support me, and seeing the contrast between that and how my friends with fathers lived, I realized that the single most important decision I could make for my future children was to chose their father well.

Girls do not understand that they’re already making choices that’ll affect their future children’s lives when their 15.

I think that one of the ideas that’s hurt that decision-making process is the premise that relationships should be based on love alone, with no practical considerations at all.

Even the thought that a girl can value herself and demand a commitment before having sex is beaten down by society. We get angry when so many girls act like cats in heat (not this guy’s mother, obviously) but don’t understand that contrary behavior isn’t even tolerated, let alone encouraged. Very few young men will stay with a young woman if she insists on remaining a virgin until her wedding night.

Good courtship has taken so many blows over the past few decades that I don’t think that there’s any hope left.


11 posted on 05/08/2014 8:17:58 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: itssme

Although much of what you said doesn’t apply to this particular case, I hear your general point and agree that what you said is the norm for too many.

When I was in 8th grade biology, there was a point that resonated with me like nothing else could. It was the fact that I was born with all of the eggs that I would ever have. That my future children were resting inside of me.

That’s when I began to make decisions on how I treated myself for the good of those babies. I didn’t touch drugs. After a couple very short experiences with alcohol, I gave that up, too. I didn’t get a tattoo until after I was done having babies and my body was really my own.

After watching my single mom struggle to support me, and seeing the contrast between that and how my friends with fathers lived, I realized that the single most important decision I could make for my future children was to chose their father well.

Girls do not understand that they’re already making choices that’ll affect their future children’s lives when their 15.

I think that one of the ideas that’s hurt that decision-making process is the premise that relationships should be based on love alone, with no practical considerations at all.

Even the thought that a girl can value herself and demand a commitment before having sex is beaten down by society. We get angry when so many girls act like cats in heat (not this guy’s mother, obviously) but don’t understand that contrary behavior isn’t even tolerated, let alone encouraged. Very few young men will stay with a young woman if she insists on remaining a virgin until her wedding night.

Good courtship has taken so many blows over the past few decades that I don’t think that there’s any hope left.


12 posted on 05/08/2014 8:17:59 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Marie
There is an absence of religious principals being taught to young children for some time now. When I was growing up, my parents sent me to a Catholic school for a better education (the nuns and the priests made sure that you learned discipline and your school subjects), and we were also instructed in our faith and it's rules for the road, also known at the Ten Commandments, in order to succeed in living in a civil society. At home, our parents taught us discipline, respect, that it was most important to get an education and be the best you could be. You then became employed and learned how to be responsible and live on your own, make your own decisions, choices.

You were told by your parents and the precipice of your religion, the Ten Commandments, that marriage between a man and woman were created for a reason..it signified that these two people publicly declare that they love each other, and will honor and cherish and care for each other, til death separates them. It also made provisions for a woman who has the responsibility of bearing and rearing children, along with the husband. She will have the security of her husband protecting and providing for her and their children..or if the mother is also employed,they have the support and the availability of one another to fill in for the other, to help out when it's needed. They work together as a team. That's why there is a married mother and father...it takes two parents to truly make it work, and for the child to benefit fully as a well rounded individual.

The woman sets the tone in a relationship...believe in courtship, and let the man know that is what you believe in. And stick to it..have some backbone..you may have some lonely nights, but so what..you have set aside some goals for your future,and it doesn't include one night stands, or casual sex. Let the man know what type of man you're interested in knowing. After all, it is courtship...get to know one another..meet each other’s families, see if you're compatible and have things in common. If it progresses to the next step, which is an engagement, then it is here that I do believe a woman must determine if they're sexually compatible. There is a possibility that they won't be, and the marriage will be empty and unsatisfying, though your love and caring for one another may be intact. And, most important to a woman, use birth control, regardless if you're told it “doesn't feel as good.” You must protect yourself, and after marriage, it's between you and your husband about the size of a family that you'll want. Until then, you must not be foolish with your body or your future.

A woman has the most to loose in this society if she does not plan well and act accordingly. Respect yourself and have a plan of action for your future. Let the man know what your standards are, and stick to them. And if the current society damns you for your decisions, ignore them and carry on. It's your life, not theirs. Be strong and look to your religious beliefs to bolster your resolve. These may be difficult times for morality, but it will be up to us to do what is best, and hope the tide will change after enough people get burned by their lack of morals and a religious compass to help them.

13 posted on 05/08/2014 12:47:17 PM PDT by itssme
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To: Hot Tabasco
You're very fortunate and I'm happy for you. But if you're aware of the number of children born to unwed mothers, and how the majority of them turn out, you'll realize how fortunate you are.

I'm not narrow-minded. I just use common sense and I had the benefit of good parents and religious instruction. My parents had a successful marriage, with its ups and downs, but devoted to each other and to my brother and I. They were married at the beginning of WWII, and they struggled to be sure, but they had each other and they were in love. This was at a time when morals and the family unit were intact. But times were hard, and the future uncertain. And so it goes, to this day. The point is to make a plan of action for your future and follow that plan. Don't listen to others tell you otherwise. And stick to the plan. Think enough of yourself to be the best you can be. Marriage is NOT obsolete..it works for the benefit of the man and woman and their children. Any thing less and you're fooling yourself. This is what I have learned in life, and it's never foolish to listen to sage advice. :)

14 posted on 05/08/2014 1:03:26 PM PDT by itssme
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To: OldRanchHand
See my post #14. Though I didn't read the whole story, the fact that he was alone in his praise of his father told me that there was no husband/father living with his mother. And if this father left his wife & children b/4 Kevin's first birthday, well, that's abandonment, and there's nothing good I can say about the father. A big whoop/snarc for the father for reconciling with Kevin when he was 13. In the meantime, his wife gets the sole responsibility for the future of THEIR children..the responsibility, expense and all the work is on HER shoulders. Enough said about the “father.”

Irresponsible fathers and mothers know no color. In the case of Blacks, check the number of fathers who abandon their children, or births to unwed mothers. It's a generational way of life for many, in that the state pays for your irresponsible behavior, from one generation to another, and your continue the behavior, because it's easy money and that's exactly what you want. The black culture has to return to a time in their history when religious education and a moral lifestyle was important. Where there was a married mother and father in the family...where the man upheld his responsibility to his wife and children, and the mother did the same. Where the father and mother were faithful to each other, out of love and respect for themselves and each other. Today, it's all about do what feels good, let someone else pay for it, let's just shuck and jive and get over on everyone else, and to hell with morals and respect of self or anyone else. I might also add that today men either are faithful to their wives & families, or they're married but unfaithful, or they just leave when the going gets tough and to hell with what they leave behind them. I can only hope and pray that the moral pendulum will swing the other way in time, and we will return once again to a moral, responsible society of the 40s and the years prior. It's not easy, but it does depend on how you want to live your life and if you have what it takes to make a success of it. For those of us who have lived in those years, we can say they were “the best years of our lives.”

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15 posted on 05/08/2014 1:32:21 PM PDT by itssme
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To: itssme
I'm not narrow-minded. I just use common sense

Yes you are and you're also filled with ignorance and bigotry...........Single parenting is not confined to the black community as you seem to imply, it permeates virtually every nationality in this country.

Single parenting is not a direct result of promiscuity, which you also imply, but rather includes the break up in marriages or even the death of a male spouse, such as a serviceman killed in action.

Let me guess, you come from a fine Christian upbringing, probably even attend a nice christian church. So tell me, how many single parents do you suppose make up the congregation of your church? And those who are women are just whores?

Spare me your self righteous BS, your perfect world does not exist and never did.........

16 posted on 05/08/2014 1:40:28 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: itssme

Correction: see my post #13.


17 posted on 05/08/2014 2:12:02 PM PDT by itssme
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To: itssme

Correction: see my post #13.


18 posted on 05/08/2014 2:13:16 PM PDT by itssme
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To: OldRanchHand

See my post #13.


19 posted on 05/08/2014 2:14:55 PM PDT by itssme
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