According to the Oklahoman, Kevin Durant has his eyes on Hollywood, and is close to putting pen to the paper on a movie to be filmed in September. The Bleacher Report’s Brandon Galvin suggests this would make Durant the biggest star in the NBA, citing his smile, charisma, and NBA star power.
Quick Analysis: Gotta say I disagree with that pretty emphatically. The guy may have super NBA talent, and a good smile–WHEN HE SMILES–but as far as everything else goes, he’s about one step short of Tim Duncan, the most boring star to ever play in the NBA. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him speak louder than a mumble. On the court, he’s even tempered even at his most angry. He’s not even the most interesting guy on his own team–hot head Russell Westbrook takes that–and he’s never kicked a camera man.
To suggest that a movie will make him bigger than Lebron or Kobe is absurd, not to mention Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade, Blake Griffen, and countless others who I’d pay to see play before I’d pay to see Durant, not because they are better, but because they are all together more interesting. Carrying around a child-sized backpack does not make you interesting.
If the movie producer has any sense at all, he’ll be casting Durant in a minor secondary role–a guy with not many lines, but with a decent amount of camera time playing ball. If not, this will be an epic failure of a sports movie, and no, Durant will not become the most popular player in the league.
What we should take from this is a little tidbit of LOCKOUT forecast. These players seem to know a little bit more than everyone else, and if Durant is seriously considering signing on for a movie that is to be filmed during the hypothetical NBA season, then I think it’s safe to say our hopes for a full season just took another blow. These players know what’s going on, and it doesn’t look good.