Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 6/13/12

Kevin Durant and his mother, Wanda Pratt, are very close. If you weren’t already aware of that, you know it now after seeing the two of them embrace after the Thunder beat the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. According to Sports Illustrated, Pratt even lived with Durant during his rookie season and K.D. was perfectly fine with it, saying his mother makes him a better person and helped make the transition into the NBA easier.

With that in mind, you should not be surprised to hear Pratt’s response when she was asked on ESPN’s First Take Wednesday morning if she thought Durant can challenge Michael Jordan as the greatest player in NBA history.

“Of course I do,” she said. “Why wouldn’t I believe that?”

Let’s not try to analyze this from a statistical standpoint or start counting championship rings. The woman is his mother, so any other answer would have been something to talk about. What Pratt said about LeBron James, however, may come as a surprise to some people.

“He’s a sweetheart,” she said when asked her opinion of King James. “He’s always been kind to my son.”

LeBron? A sweetheart? Durant has gone out of his way to stick up for James in the past, so it’s kind of known that the two of them get along. LeBron may have an extremely hard time saying the right thing to the media, but very few people who know him on a personal level have said he’s a bad person. LeBron haters won’t want to hear it, but Durant’s mom is simply another example of that.

Photo credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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