BreatheCast spoke to former NBA player Kelenna Azubuike at the K-Love Fan Awards 2014 where he spoke about his at-the-time upcoming basketball film Midrange.
The film is about two brothers who have very different career paths. One brother is set to become an NBA star, while the other is a single dad on the road to prison. These two contrasting lives serve as the catalyst for the brothers' struggle with faith, family, and important decisions.
Kelenna serves as an executive producer on the film which alse features other basketball players (current and former): Alan Houston, Anthony Tolliver, Jerome Williams, Grievis Vasquez, Wayne Simien, and Austin Daye.
"The movie is called Midrange. You can get it at MidrangeTheMovie.com, it's out June 9th, and in Walmart June 10th. It's basically a faith based movie, it's got the sinner's prayer at the end, it's got NBA players in it, so that's the first movie of its kind like that – a sports movie with NBA players and everything that is Christian. It's a real ministry tool, that's what's different about it," he said.
When asked about what the difficulties are of being a Christian in the NBA, Azubuike put it in perspective.
"It's tough, but one of the biggest things for me is accountability. I have accountability partners, my brother being one and some friends, and when you can do life with somebody, you can do the Christian walk with somebody and follow Jesus with somebody it makes it a whole lot easier to that your not alone. That's what really helped me."
Watch the trailer below:
Azubuike was just excited to be there and to see all of his favorite Christian artists. He also had the opportunity to play basketball with a few of them during the celebrity game the day before the awards show.
"Oh man, I just want to see all the artists. I'm a big fan of Christian music, you know I love Christian music and so everybody here will be exciting to see. I mean we already met a lot of great people, TobyMac, Building 429, Tenth Avenue North...so I'm just excited to be here."
The 30-year-old began his pro career in 2005, and got his NBA break in 2007 with the Golden State Warriors. His best season was during the 2008-2009 years. He averaged 14.4 points per game and shot a whopping 44 percent from the three point line. Unfortunately a series of injuries have derailed his career and he has not played in a game since 2012.
Watch the video interview below: