In 2014, NBA player Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder was named MVP. During his acceptance speech, he didn’t just thank his mother, Wanda Pratt Durant, he honored her and left everyone in tears. Durant addressed his mother during the speech: “We [Kevin and his brother] wasn’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street. You put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You the real MVP.”
Actress/producer Queen Latifah was so moved by the speech and the Durant family that she produced a TV movie titled The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story. The single mother who sacrificed so much is portrayed by Cassandra Freeman. Freeman is known for her roles on Single Ladies (Morgan), Numb3rs (Lead FBI Tech Alexis Lee), and in the 2007 Chris Rock film I Think I Love My Wife (Jennifer), among others. The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story will premiere on Lifetime on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm.
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— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) February 3, 2016