It was a good day for Thunder fans – Kevin Durant does OKC proud with his latest commercial for Nike (“Paint the Town”) and it looks like the boys will begin playing ball again around Christmas Day.
So what are we seeing in this commercial? It starts off with Durant driving northbound on Shields Boulevard just south of downtown, and we then see Durant arriving at the basketball courts attached to The Classen at NW 23 and Classen (as noted by one reader, however, because these courts are for residents only, it’s unusual to see anyone playing there. This conversation was followed by an invite by a resident and friend for my son and I to do just that).
The next stop in this commercial is an old wood frame church as captured in the photo above. I’d love to know where it’s located (my understanding is the whole commercial is shot in and around OKC). UPDATE: local filmmaker Clark Deal, who was on the crew for this ad, reports this was a barn near old Route 66 and County Line Road. The next scene is at an area school where seniors are gathered for some sort of night of board games and basketball. I suspect it’s Taft Middle School, but would love to get some confirmation (I can now report the outside shot was Taft and the inside was Olivet Baptist Church near NW 10 and Western)
It looks like the next game is played with Durant’s friend J. Cole, but the location of these courts, across from what appears to be an apartment complex, is a mystery to me (Deal says he has no recall of this shot either; don’t be surprised if it is not local). When we see Durant driving to his next destination, its on Broadway just south of NW 10 (the 1101 N Broadway Building can be seen in the shadows).
The next game is definitely in Oklahoma City. The First Presbyterian Church at NW 25 and Western Avenue is one of my favorite architectural gems, and one must be a huge hoops guy to have noticed the basketball court on the far side of the parking lot across the street. The next spot is a bit of a mystery to me as well – a Love’s Truck Stop – but I’m sure the folks who produced this commercial had no trouble finding a Love’s in Oklahoma City (I-40 and Council?). The final shot again shows the 50-story Devon tower and the downtown skyline in the foreground, only this time Durant is traveling north toward downtown on Robinson Avenue as it crosses the Oklahoma River.
This whole commercial, however, makes me think back to a post I wrote earlier this year on the lack of any public courts downtown – and how relatively inexpensive additions like this could really add to the quality of life in our urban core. Maybe now that he’s getting set to be paid again ole’ KD could team up with the team and make that happen?