In addition to making his first NBA Finals and generally being a very nice boy, Kevin Durant is a bona fide media presence. He's in sneaker ads, he's an Internet favorite, and, as we've noted several times before on BDL, he's about to star in a movie. Just minutes after Durant and the Thunder dispatched the Spurs on Wednesday night, TNT premiered the trailer for his movie "Thunderstruck," a kids movie about what happens when Durant accidentally transfers his talent to a kid who can't even make his own high school team.
As you can see in the trailer above, hijinks ensue: Durant misses everything as his manager (Brandon T. Jackson) attempts to figure out what's going on, the kid wows his school's coach (funnyman and legendary blues musician Jim Belushi) with a dazzling array of dunks and jumpers, and everybody considers the ethics of the situation. It's a little "Space Jam," a little "Like Mike," a little "Teen Wolf," and a little pretty much every basketball movie ever made. These things only have so many potential storylines, you know.
It all looks a little goofy. Then again, it's not for adults — it's a kids movie about basketball. The parents who take their kids into the theaters might not love it, but it's not made with them in mind. The idea is to entertain kids for 90 or 100 minutes (or maybe even fewer?) and help Durant become more popular among the general public. No one is expecting to win critics' awards with this one, unless you consider a Kids' Choice Award a prestigious honor.
Look for the film in theaters later this summer (likely Aug. 24). With any luck, we'll see many promotional photos of Durant and the Beloosh hanging out.