The Slim Reaper Takes the Reality TV Plunge
On Tuesday, November 4, “Kevin Durant: The Offseason” will debut at 10 P.M. ET on HBO. Yahoo! Sports reports that the show is "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.”
From what we know about Durant’s offseason so far, it comes as a bit of a surprise that he’d give up his privacy for it. Prior rumblings suggest the scoring sensation got into a heated spat with rapper The Game that Durant was said to owe him over a bet.
More ominous, though, has been the quaky speculation about KD’s free agency decision, despite it being two seaons away. Rival LeBron James—who happens to be executive producing two TV shows of his own, though not starring in them—has taught us that one man’s choice of team can shift the league’s power axis for years to come. And Durant is certainly one of the few men with the talent to tilt the whole game.
It’s also been just over a year since Durant joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency, boldly declaring the move on social media:
What, precisely, #NEWRULES means is still not entirely clear. The portentous tag has been a signal, for many, that Durant is destined to leave the Thunder, with the most recurring notion being that he’ll return home to D.C. to play for the Washington Wizards. There’s also been much chatter that the superstar’s attitude has changed for the worse under Mr. Carter’s care. Of course, Durant’s emotional, terrific “You’re the real MVP” speech of this past spring runs quite contrary to this story — he seemed as endearing and good-natured as ever in that moment.
But when Durant and HBO lift the veil — partially, at least — with this new feature, we’ll have perhaps our closest look at Durant, and likely our most substantive trace of his supposed transformation. What will we find out?
— John Wilmes