OAKLAND – NBA Most Valuable Player. Two-time NBA finals MVP. And now, for the first time ever, back-to-back Murph & Mac Bay Area Player of the Year.
It’s a tradition old as time – or rather – as old as the Murph & Mac show. Our esteemed morning show sifts through the hundreds of qualifying professional athletes to find the most impactful player of each calendar year.
In 2017 Kevin Durant helped lead the Golden State Warriors to their second NBA Championship in three years, and captured his first Murph & Mackie award. He followed up that performance by earning his second straight Finals MVP, helping the Warriors to their second-straight title, and cementing his place in Bay Area lore by winning his second Bay Area Player of the Year, decided by Brian Murphy, Paul McCaffrey and Bonnie-Jill Laflin.
We traveled to the Warriors practice facility in downtown Oakland to hand deliver the award to Mr. Durant. At first he pointed out the fact that we probably should have engraved his name in his award for bringing a second-straight championship to the Bay Area, but after that he softened up a bit.
“It feels good to be a part of something special like this. Being in the Bay Area where I get back-to-back Player of the Year, all love,” Durant said. “I can put this right in my trophy case.”
We hope he finds some space between all of the less-important hardware his already has in that trophy case.