Kevin Durant and Mike Conley have now joined Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant as the only Academy Award winners from the NBA with their Oscars victory on Sunday, per Marc Stein of the New York Times.
The Brooklyn Nets forward and Utah Jazz guard were executive producers on the short film “Two Distant Strangers,” which recently bagged the Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film. They also share the Academy Award with Durant’s business manager Rich Kleiman.
To recall, the late Lakers icon and NBA great won the Oscar for Best Animated Short film in 2018 for “Dear Basketball.”
Kevin Durant, Mike Conley Jr, and Durant’s business manager Rich Kleiman were executive producers on the Academy Award-winning “Two Distant Strangers” (Best Live-Action Short Film).
They join Kobe Bryant as Oscar winners from the NBA. https://t.co/arS6GnYNVw
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 26, 2021
Fans flocked to Twitter to congratulate Kevin Durant and Mike Conley. Some people who saw the film weren’t even aware that the two NBA stars were involved in it. Perhaps this is the reason why the film was great.
I didn't even know kd produced this. No wonder this was a great short film, the goat himself produced it
— . (@Kd7_Szn) April 26, 2021
One fan praised Durant, calling him a multi-hyphenate talent. He punishes his foes on the court and on Twitter. Now, he can call himself an Oscar winner.
KD, is a beast on the court, in the film industry and on Twitter. What can’t he do???
— Aaron Rodgers Burner ➐ (@ARodsburner) April 26, 2021
However, there were also haters to decided to take the shine away from Durant. The NBA superstar has built a reputation for slamming his haters personally on Twitter. And one hater took it against him.
Take a joke or any valid criticism…
— 🦉 (@Marry_Jake) April 26, 2021
Another hater believed that Conley did all the work in the Oscar-winning short film.
Whatever the case may be, no one can take the Oscar away from Durant and Conley. Like Kobe Bryant, they have proven that NBA players are not only athletes, but they can also have an impact outside the basketball court. This could be the beginning of more players—both past and present—to share stories through the film medium.