Yesterday Charlie texted me to say that I better have a Kleenex handy if I were going to watch the Kevin Durant’s MVP Award Presentation. I missed it live. But, when I got home and streamed it to the TV I learned that Charlie understated the case.
Kevin Durant thanked everyone. It was an impressive move. He called out teammates by name. Their specific influences, friendships, and encouragements comprised a litany worthy of a few tears in their own right. Leaders know the value of relationships, and they tell others about those who are important.
There is little doubt Kevin’s teammates made him better. Trainers and coaches contribute to the success of a star. No star ever shines alone. Stars in the sky need darkness to be seen.
Refreshing. Durant responded to the question he felt lay underneath his stellar season. “What made you better?” He shared that it was not more time in the gym, more shots at the rim, or more weights. He believes what made him better came with an internal motivation, “I want to be a better man. That is what made me a better player.” Yes!
Mother’s, and Dad’s, invest in your children such that one day they tell the world what KD did.