First is was Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Ray Allen, who once starred in a major motion picture. Now Kevin Durant may be the next one on that list, possibly making him one of the most popular players in the NBA.
Durant has been making a name for himself league-wide for the past few seasons, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to being one of the top teams in the Western Conference. Over the summer he has been lighting up scoreboards all over the nation, against some talented competition with consistent performances. With a big hit movie, Kevin Durant could very well become an instant household name in America.
The Oklahoman reported Sunday night that Durant was very close to having a deal finalized with Warner Bros., to star in a feature-length motion picture with a basketball theme. If Durant does indeed decide to make his acting debut, the film is scheduled to begin shooting in mid-September. The movie has been rumored to be shot right in Oklahoma City, or even possibly Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Although shooting of the film would most likely drag into the NBA season, Durant should not have to worry about any conflict with an expected extensive lockout due to disagreements between the players and owners on many issues in the new CBA.
Maybe Durant won't go for the overseas route like most of the other NBA players. If this film is a hit, or even projected to be so, there is certainly a possibility that Durant could continue to act instead of playing for a professional team in another nation. After all, he has been dominating summer leagues all offseason.