Sports Junkies: Kevin Durant Dishes On Mike Krzyzewski, Olympics And New Movie
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Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder opened up about his new movie, Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching style and winning gold at the London Olympics during an appearance with the Sports Junkies Monday morning.
Shooting “Thunderstruck,” which hits theaters on Aug. 24, was a different experience for Durant.
In the family-friendly, PG-rated film, Durant switches talents with a 16-year-old Thunder fan — a plot seemingly not dissimilar to “Freaky Friday.”
It took the 23-year-old D.C. native roughly a week and a half to film his scenes in Baton Rouge, La. where he was able to workout around the shooting schedule in advance of the Olympics and NBA season.
Although the the movie will get the Hollywood red carpet treatment at its premiere, Durant doesn’t know if any of his famous NBA brethren will be in attendance.
“They support me, but I don’t know if they are going to show up to the premiere or anything,” Durant told the Junkies. “I’ve talked to most of the guys on my team and on the Olympic team and they want to take their kids and come support. That’s really all I need.”
Of course they’ll be taking their kids at their local theaters.
Durant’s silver screen debut comes just weeks after he and Team USA captured gold at the Olympics under the tutelage of Mike Krzyzewski.
The legendary Duke coach was not shy about coaching players a step above the college level. After all, he’s been coaching at an NBA factory since 1980.
“He got after us plenty of times,” Durant said. “We started off bad against Tunisia and also Spain. He was animated, up in guys faces… He doesn’t really care who is in front of him he’s going to go out there and be the same coach he is.”
Undoubtedly, Krzyzewski’s style worked.
Toward the end of the interview the Junkies pointed out Durant’s humble nature.
Although he is scheduled to earn well in excess of $12 million this season the only really large purchase he made was a home. However, as the Junks pointed out, he’s truly living in the lap of luxury because of the standing urinal that was installed.