Kevin Durant's 2014 offseason is about to become an HBO reality show

Kevin Durant reminds you that it's not TV; it's HBO. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)
Kevin Durant reminds you that it's not TV; it's HBO. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

Apparently, Kevin Durant's distaste for coming in second extends beyond the court and onto the small screen.

With longtime foil/measuring stick LeBron James having one show on the air already and another on the way, the Oklahoma City Thunder star has decided it's high time he got into the television business, in the form of a "revealing reality special" entitled "The Offseason: Kevin Durant," produced in conjunction with HBO Sports and set to debut on HBO on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 10 p.m. ET.

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HBO, the folks behind the well-received "24/7" series and the, well, received "Hard Knocks," announced the project Thursday afternoon, promoting it as "a first-person account of the life of the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar forward." Cameras and microphones were apparently "embedded" with the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player and following him "from the moment his NBA basketball season ended on May 31, until he reported to training camp for the upcoming season in late September."

Like James on "Survivor's Remorse," Durant gets an executive producer credit on "The Offseason," alongside Jamie Patricof, who previously produced critically acclaimed fare like "Half Nelson" and "Blue Valentine," and Shawn Carter, better known as Jay Z, whose Roc Nation Sports agency began representing Durant last summer.

Patricof, who also worked on a pair of sports documentaries ("Straight Outta L.A.," "The Day The Series Stopped") in ESPN's "30 for 30" series, said observing Durant's commitment to honing and sharpening his game — even after a landmark season in what's on pace to be a Hall of Fame career — "was a truly inspiring experience.”

“The dedication to his craft, but more importantly who he is as a person and a human being, make him one of the most unique people I have had the opportunity to collaborate with," Patricof said. "[...] I am truly excited for people around the world to get a good look at who Kevin is and what makes him tick.”

It'll also, apparently, give us a behind-the-scenes look at such KD summertime highlights as dealing with free-agency questions two years before he can actually become a free agent, stepping away from Team USA just before the start of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and juggling competing endorsement pitches before inking a new 10-year deal with Nike that could reportedly earn him as much as $300 million, among others.

Durant said in HBO's statement that he hopes the show gives fans a clearer sense of "the work that is put in on and away from the court when the cameras are off us."

"[...] I look forward to taking all the work that people will see happens in the summer months to the court in the regular season with my teammates and the Thunder," he said.

If all it does is show us how hard the five-time All-Star and four-time scoring champion works, though, it might wind up being a bit of a miss. "The Offseason" will be much more compelling if it affords Durant the opportunity to show a different side of his personality than the "humble nice guy" image he's cultivated over the years, which is something he's seemed more eager to do recently.

"I just realized that I'm just trying to be myself," Durant recently told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick in an in-depth interview. "When I'm upset, now I feel comfortable being upset. It's cool that I can be upset. I may cuss one time in an interview, or I may yell at my teammates. And it's all right. I understand that it's cool for me to be that way because that's me. I'm human, and I have times when I'm upset. I think that's what people didn't see. It's like I keep saying: I'm human."

Here's hoping we get a real good look at how human he is when the special debuts on Nov. 4.

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