New Lifetime movie follows extraordinary journey of NBA star Kevin Durant's mother

- When NBA superstar and DMV native Kevin Durant praised his mom moments after he was named the league’s 2014 Most Valuable Player, there was not a dry eye left in the house.

Now, the story of that extraordinary mom is coming to Lifetime Television.

Wanda Durant joined us talk all about her life and her extraordinary son.


"I wasn't expecting it at first," Wanda said, thinking back to her son’s speech. "I was really emotional because I had seen him work so hard to get to that point and I was really happy for him and proud of him. But when he turned the attention me, I wasn't expecting it."

"The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story," stars Cassandra Freeman as Wanda. The movie is set to premiere on Lifetime on May 7.

"I just focused on them", she said about what it took to raise her family as a single, 21-year-old mom. "I knew that they looked to me for everything, and I had to put my desires on the back burner and clearly focus on them."


"I wanted to instill values in them that my family had instilled in me: Integrity, hard work and determination," she said. "So that's what I did and that's why I put them in extracurricular activities and in organized sports - because I wanted them to learn how to get along with others, to car for others and to be a part of a team."

Wanda told us that she wasn’t the perfect mother but she did make sure her children were he constant focus.


Wanda says she now lives by the motto: "I don't inject my opinion, I just make the request," when it comes to her children.

She has also discovered her passion – to help women who are in situation that she was in.

"There were times I wanted quit on myself and therefore quit on my children," she said. "But I never knew what the future hold. I never thought something like this would happen, so I encourage them to hold on and keep pressing forward."

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