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Mother knows best

Kevin Durant's mom, Wanda Pratt, helps put Thunder star forward on path to NBA

Updated: June 10, 2010, 3:13 PM ET
By Justin Verrier | ESPN.com

Before he had even reached the age of 10, Kevin Durant had settled on his future profession.

He wanted to be an NBA player. It was that simple.

So he sat down his mother, Wanda Pratt, to make his plans known.

Pratt, a single parent of two for most of Durant's childhood, did what any mother would, promising to help him any way she could. But even Durant wasn't prepared for how far Pratt was willing go.

She enlisted a family friend, Taras "Stink" Brown, to help with ...

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