It was in the fourth quarter, down to the final seconds of the game, with the Sacramento Kings leading the Oklahoma City Thunder by two points, when Tyreke Evans ran across the court to his teammate DeMarcus Cousins to create this micromoment in time. This moment, which expresses so much, which arouses feelings in the people who look at it, tells a story.
It all happened so quickly, Tyreke seeking out Cousins. Had it not been for the camera which captured the moment, it might have gone by virtually unnoticed, unwitnessed even by those in attendance. In this brief snapshot, so much is expressed between these two men, in a time of emotional excitement and tension in an arena filled with charged electrical energy with screaming fans cheering on a team on the verge of victory.
We cannot escape the love and respect that is expressed between these two teammates, who are sharing an emotional peak experience together. Do I dare say tenderness? Who cannot feel emotion when looking at this photo? It tugs at your heart. It is a step along a path, a journey, which we are witness to. A burgeoning relationship between two young men, who were coached by Coach Calipari at their respective colleges of Memphis and Kentucky. As fans, we are outsiders, only getting glimpses into the lives of our players. We are voyeurs, wanting to be a part of the whole experience. Players develop their own bond with each other. They have to get along with each other, weather the disappointments of defeat and share the glory of victory. They have to work together to be successful. They have to grow together as a unit; be strong, be vulnerable, and be open to the moment. They shared a bit of themselves, in the emotion of the moment, captured for a micromoment in time.
via media.sacbee.comUpdate - Video of game added:
Update: I have added the video of the Kings and Thunder with a breakdown of events which occurred immediately before the micromoment: * 49.4 Seconds - Russell Westbrook steps out-of-bounds for a turnover * 39.2 Seconds - Tyreke drives down center of paint, gets fouled, gets FTs * 32.5 Seconds - Durant launches 3-point attempt, with Tyreke defending him * 32.2 Seconds - Shot misses * 31.1 Seconds - Cousins looking at ball at rim moving toward it * 30.6 Seconds - Westbrook jumps trying to get rebound * 28.1 Seconds - Cousins gets possession of rebound
* 27.4 Seconds - Westbrook comes up behind Cousins to foul him Clock is stopped * 24.4 Seconds - Tyreke witnesses this and immediately runs toward Cousins * 24.4 Seconds - Tyreke reaches his teammate to connect with him
Amazing: It all happened so quickly, one can only ponder what was going through Tyreke's mind and what was going through Cousin's in the moment.