Kevin Durant Set to Star in Basketball Movie
Players are making good use of their time during the NBA lockout. Nate Robinson talked about trying to play football, Anthony Randolph returned to LSU and might join a frat, several former Bruins are returning to class at UCLA, and Delonte West might submit a job application to Home Depot. But the athlete whose offseason activities may gain the most notoriety is Kevin Durant.
The Thunder star reportedly is finalizing a deal to star in a Warner Bros. movie that has a basketball subplot. According to The Oklahoman, the movie is set to go into production mid-September. The filming location has been narrowed to Oklahoma City and Baton Rouge, Louisiana according to the report.
In a typical NBA season, Durant would not be able to star in a movie because it would conflict with the beginning of basketball training camp. However, with the NBA lockout, little progress is likely to be made in the next few months giving him time to pursue his acting dreams. It may sound odd that Durant would be starring in his movie given that he’s a basketball player, not an actor, but he would not be the first hoops star to hold a feature role in a motion picture. Recall Michael Jordan was a lead in Space Jam, and Ray Allen starred in He Got Game. We’ll also do everyone a favor and leave Shaq and his silver screen aspirations out of this discussion.