On the morning of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant's mother Wanda Durant - the real MVP - joined "Undisputed" to discuss his move to Golden State and if Durant will ever reunite with Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City.
Wanda Durant on her son's decision to leave Oklahoma City:
Wanda Durant: “It was difficult. Of course, when you’re facing change it’s always a difficult time, but it was [difficult] because he loved Oklahoma City and the team and the organization. It was a little difficult, but he made a decision he felt was best for him.
"So many people don’t like it, but it was good for him.”
Skip Bayless: “How hard was it for him to leave a guy he loved, especially off the floor, in Russell Westbrook? How big a factor was that?”
Wanda Durant: “Well that was a part of the difficulty, of course, but he felt that he and Russ could both be successful apart. And that was quite obvious, both of them had great years. But that was a part of the dilemma because he loves Russ - and I know right now their relationship seems a little off-kilter, but if we just kind of give them space and room to figure it out, they will.”
Wanda Durant on the possibility of a move back to OKC:
Shannon Sharpe: “Can you foresee him at some point in his career going back to Oklahoma City?”
Wanda Durant: “I mean, there’s always a possibility. We have the storied history of LeBron James, right? There’s a possibility, but I don’t know. I can’t say for sure, with certainty, that he’ll definitely go back.”
Skip Bayless: “His old friend Kendrick Perkins… he predicted that Kevinwould go back [to Oklahoma City] maybe next year to reunite with Russ and kind of make things right. Could you see that?”
Wanda Durant: “Well … no. I mean maybe if he would have said ‘in a few years,’ it is a possibility, but next year? No.”
Skip Bayless: “The flip side of that, there was a report last night on ESPN.com that Kevin would be open to taking less money to re-commit to Golden State longer term. Are you good with that?”
Wanda Durant: “Well I mean, I wouldn’t give any money back, but it’s not my decision to make. He’s doing well, he’s done well for himself. Sometimes it’s not always about the money, and so if he feels there is a goal that they want to achieve as a team after this Finals, then sure, why not?”
Wanda Durant on if Kevin feels pressured:
Skip Bayless: “This new spotlight on Kevin, even more than ever was on him in Oklahoma City … as a mom, do you fear for him tonight at all? The whole spotlight’s going to be, ‘Can Kevin back it up and win the ring he came here to win?’ Is there more pressure on him than ever?”
Wanda Durant: “I think there’s more outside pressure, but I don’t think he’s pressured. Of course he wants to win. He’s not going to win the championship tonight, the team’s going to win tonight. Tonight, he’s just got to go out and play.
"He pressures himself in his own individual way, but the outside noise? Kevin has been really good, even as a kid, to kind of keep that in the outside and focus on the things he needs to focus on. But I know he has a few butterflies, I’m sure.”