It sounds like a Thunder fan's worst nightmare.
Kevin Durant loses all his talent and mysteriously morphs from an NBA scoring champ into having the skills of a teenage scrub who's so bad he can't make his high school squad.
Ah, but fear not, Thunder faithful.
It's only a movie.
Durant is only acting out that transformation in his upcoming release “Switch,” a family friendly film in which Durant will play himself and an unsuspecting kid (Disney star Taylor Gray) receives Durant's skills and becomes ‘The Man' at his high school.
The film, which is produced by Warner Bros., has been granted license to use NBA property, meaning Durant will actually star for the Thunder rather than some generic professional basketball outfit. It also means real game footage of Thunder contests can be used.
Durant recently spent nearly two weeks in Baton Rouge, La., filming the movie, which is scheduled to hit select theaters in early 2012. By all accounts, the two-time scoring champion has real skills as an actor.
And Durant's acting debut will give fans a glimpse at another side of one of the NBA's newest superstars.
“If you're a kid and you're an NBA fan trying to emulate the plays of players, he's one of the guys that you're trying to emulate,” said Mike Karz, producer of “Switch.” “And then just in the last year that we've developed the project, he had the big playoff run and was the scoring champion. So we feel our time is really fortunate.”
Durant landed the starring role behind the efforts of his agent, Eric Goodwin. Nearly two years ago, Goodwin pitched a screenplay to Warner Bros. and his biggest client had been written in as the star.
“We read it and said this would be fantastic,” Karz said.
So long as it none of it comes true.