'Basketball County': Start Date, Schedule, Where to Watch Showtime's Kevin Durant Documentary

With the NBA season suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, basketball documentaries have been the talk of the town for a while.

The Last Dance, ESPN's 10-part docuseries chronicling Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls, has monopolized the attention over the last four weeks and has already transcended the boundaries of sports, let alone basketball.

Last month, meanwhile, ESPN revealed a camera crew followed the late Kobe Bryant during his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers and that a behind-the-scenes series in the mould of The Last Dance may be in the works for the future.

Before the final two episodes of the latter hit the screen on Sunday night, another documentary will make its debut on Friday night when Basketball County: In the Water premieres on Showtime.

Produced by Thirty Five Ventures, which Kevin Durant co-founded with his manager Rich Kleiman, and directed by first-time directors John Beckham and Jimmy Jenkins the documentary examines how Durant's hometown of Prince George's County, Maryland, has recently produced more elite basketball players than anywhere else in the world.

The two-time NBA champion is one of the executive producers along with Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo and Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook, both of whom are Prince George's County natives.

"This is a project that is near and dear to my heart," Durant told the Washington Post last month.

"Having grown up in Prince George's County and with my family residing there today, it's my life's mission to not only give back through my foundation but continue to tell the amazing stories of those that have come from there."

Here's all you need to know ahead of Friday.

When does Basketball County: In The Water air?

The documentary will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, May 15 on Showtime.

Where can I watch Basketball County: In The Water?

Basketball County: In The Water will be available exclusively on Showtime, owing to the fact the documentary has been produced by the network.

Showtime will make the documentary available on TV and online via its digital platforms, including Showtime.com and the Showtime app. Last month, the network announced that new customers who sign up before May 26 can take advantage of a 30-day free trial for its streaming services, which are available both online and via its app.

What does Basketball County: In The Water cover?

A region of roughly 800,000 residents, Prince George's County, which is located just outside the nation's capital, has established itself as a bonafide conveyor belt for NBA talent over the last two decades.

Since 2000, the county has produced 25 NBA players, including Durant, Oladipo and Cook, and more than a dozen WNBA players, while a number of other Prince George's County native have gone on to feature on some of the most prestigious college programs across the country.

The documentary, however, stretches beyond basketball's traditional borders.

"The documentary unveils the history behind the basketball hotbed that is Prince George's County and its social, economic and cultural evolution through the lens of some of the the game's biggest stars," Thirty Five Ventures said in a press release.

Unsurprisingly, Durant features prominently throughout the documentary and not just because of his role as one of the executive producers. The 31-year-old is by some distance Prince George's most famous son as far as basketball is concerned.

Selected with the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Durant has established himself as one of the brightest, if controversial, NBA stars. Named Rookie of The Year in 2008, Durant led the league in scoring four times in five years between 2010 and 2014 and won back-to-back titles with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

A 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP, Durant is among the interviewees in the documentary, along with Oladipo, Cook and WNBA star Marissa Coleman.

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Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Barclays Center on December 8, 2019 in New York City. Brooklyn Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets 105-102. Mike Stobe/Getty
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