The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story (2016)

TV Movie   |  TV-PG   |    |  Biography, Drama, Sport


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The inspiring true story of NBA great Kevin Durant's mother Wanda and her dedication to raise one of the greatest basketball players in the world.


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23 May 2018 | Ed-Shullivan
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| Never cease saying "I Love You" to your family members and set personal goals
Let's face it, for every rare and huge success story of an NBA MVP natural hard working basketball legend like Kevin Durant there are a thousand much different stories of personal disappointment, financial duress, heartbreak and that ugly D word, "divorce". Sons Kevin and Tony Durant certainly worked hard to succeed in life, without their father Wayne growing up with them daily in their home but with their ever present stable mother Wanda, although their father helped out financially and showed up periodically at their games and at their home.

What I liked about this made for TV film it remained true to the title, that being that Kevin and Tony Durant were the reason mom worked so very hard, but their mom's story was being told and how mom Wanda kept her two boys focussed on their goals and kept them from getting into any serious trouble off of the court.

I only wish the film would have included a bit of a reality check such that not every young child who enters into a local athletic program in their pre-teens will/may eventually become a successful professional sports athlete/celebrity like Kevin Durant. Through hard work, surviving some personal hardships such as their father choosing to leave his family (but support them financially) that a single parents undying love for their children and repeating those three most important words each and every day "I Love You" to each other and meaning them, the family unit will remain a unit of strength, develop and sustain good morals and a purpose in life to help others as the Durant family continues to do each and every day.

This film may tell a story of one mothers devotion and love which leads to a happy ending, but this story should ring true for millions of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters that faith and hard work will lead to a strong family unit and where family support through hard times will only make the entire family unit a better one with much love for one another.

I give this inspirational made for TV film a strong 8 out of 10 rating for downplaying NBA superstar Kevin Durant's success and rather reflecting the family hardships and perseverance that made the Durant family someone to look up to and be inspired by.

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