Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kevin Durant--Mentors, Obstacles, Overcoming

"KD," or Kevin Durant, is a deservedly hot topic for his basketball performance, his recent honor of being chosen MVP, and his humble speech upon being honored.

Two older publications about Kevin Durant have life lessons worth discussing, too. The first one is about Kevin's mentor, Charles "Chucky" Craig. The second includes obstacles he had to overcome. Many mentees and mentors will identify with some of these obstacles. 

1. Kevin Durant/ Charles Craig Special on ESPN - 2012 NBA Playoffs

Video Highlights (also why he wears the number 35)

Quotes from Kevin Durant regarding Charles Craig, his mentor

One day you can be pretty good if you work.

He gave me confidence when I didn’t have confidence in myself.  

He told me every time I stepped on the floor, 'You’re  the best player on the floor. Go out there and play like a superstar.' 

That’s what I tried to do.

Published on May 28, 2012

2. Kevin Durant humble in the heartland

  • Single-parent mom worked the overnight shift 
  • Success through hard work
  • Father figure needed--Chucky Craig and Taras Brown 
  • Loss of a Aunt Pearl
  • Ball-hoarding
  • Self-conscious in middle school (hated middle school)-tall eighth-grader with size 11 feet and used Nikes
  • Mentor shot in back
  • Brief lapse into anger, edginess, and arrogance
  • Rookie year not stellar (first year in a career or job)
  • Rebounding 

ESPN Outside the Lines
Updated: May 15, 2011, 12:16 AM ET
By Tom Friend | ESPN.com

3. Kevin Durant MVP Award Speech - Full Ceremony HD


Published on May 6, 2014
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant accepts the 2013-14 Kia Most Valuable Player Award, thanking his family, his teammates and the entire organization.

Ret. 5-13-14

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