For the last year and beyond, ever since he left Oklahoma City for Golden State, Kevin Durant has been criticized. Whether it was the manner in which he left the Thunder or the accusation that he was simply chasing rings, Durant took a lot of heat.
His mother, Wanda, didn’t mind that.
“I’m okay with that,” she said on CBS Sports Radio’s Reiter Than You. “I don’t really have a problem. The only time I really kind of feel contentious inside is when they begin to question his character and his integrity as a man. Outside of that, it’s free game as far as I’m concerned.”
Durant recently received backlash after admitting that he created a fake social-media account to respond to his critics. When Durant does things like that, Wanda will question him.
Yes, Durant may be one of the best basketball players in the world, but he still has to answer to his mother.
“I will call and we do have those mother-son moments,” Wanda said. “I’m like, ‘Come on, son, what’s going on? Do we need to talk? Want to come and visit?’ And then he’ll explain himself and I’ll give my opinion on it, and then we move on. Like all mothers of adult-male sons, they’re men and they make mistakes and they just have to learn from them and grow. But you’re still going to be our baby boy no matter what.”
In hindsight, Durant could have just let his play do the talking. After all, he proved many of his critics wrong by leading Golden State to an NBA championship in June. Wanda knew that her son would excel with the Warriors – or any team.
“Once he made the decision, I knew it would be a great fit because he’s a team player,” she said. “All of you that have watched Kevin play, from his college year to now, have seen that he’s always been an unselfish player. So I knew that he would fit in because he’s just that type of player. It really wasn’t my place to decide for him, so it didn’t matter where he would play. I knew he would fit in and be a team player. If he played for the moon, I’m going to the moon to watch him play.”