Kevin Durant can't seem to go anywhere without his name being associated with the title "MVP," especially throughout the past 12 games, in which he has scored 30 points or more. But now fans are expressing their appreciation for more than his skill; they're talking about his eagerness to credit God for his talent.
Wednesday night, Durant helped the Oklahoma City Thunder pull off a win against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. In a post-game interview immediately after the win, ESPN correspondent Dorris Burke asked Durant how he has been able to play at such a high level as of late.
"Thank God, that’s all I can say. Jesus Christ," Durant said.
Burke paused and then laughed, saying, "OK, thank you. You had nothing to do with it?"
"No, nothing. It’s all him," Durant said.
After the interview, Durant's remarks were tweeted out by basketball fans and by those who simply appreciated his acknowledgement of God.
Kevin Durant just said "God is the reason I'm playing as well as I am it's all Him" wish more pro athletes understood the truth @KDTrey5— Brandon Irwin (@B_ReAl_23) January 30, 2014
EXACTLY why I am a Thunder fan, a Kevin Durant fan. To God be the glory! Way to go KD! You rock! http://t.co/f9w0K5Wv3k— Elizabeth Inman (@ElizabethInman) January 30, 2014
This type of a response from Durant is nothing new, according to TulsaWorld.com, which reported that Durant has often spoken about his love for the Bible, even mentioning that he carries it in his backpack.
Last summer, Durant opened up about his baptism story and his love for Jesus Christ. Since then, his mother has also spoken about her son's love for God, saying, "Kevin has always had a longing for the things of God and always had a longing for being in church and being in Bible study," the Christian Post reported.
Since Durant's most recent faith-based statement, many sports bloggers and social media users have debated Burke's reaction. While many fans were upset and accused Burke of mocking Durant's religious remark, others have stood up for Burke, explaining that she was simply caught off guard.