Kevin Durant is having quite the day. After sustaining a tough injury, Kevin Durant returned to the Brooklyn Nets lineup to drop 33-points in his team’s win against the Phoenix Suns. Hours later, he did something that falls a bit outside of his typical day job, win an Oscar. Yes, you read that correctly. Alongside Martin Desmond Roe, Travon Free and Van Lathan, Kevin Durant won an Oscar for executive producing Two Distant Strangers. He’s not the only NBA player to earn this award. Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley Jr. also contributed to the film as an executive producer.
Mike Conley Jr. and Kevin Durant join a shortlist of athletes to win Academy Awards. Most notably, NBA Champion Kobe Bryant won his first Oscar shortly after his retirement. More recently, former NFL player Matthew Cherry won an Oscar for his Hair Love film.
As NBA players continue to venture into film, Durant and Conley will be part of more Oscar-winning teams to come.
— Variety (@Variety) April 26, 2021