While the Heat celebrated their second NBA championship on the court, Kevin Durant’s private-turned-public moment caught plenty of attention as tears streamed down the Thunder star’s face as he hugged his mother.
By itself, it’s a Sports Moment and worth revisiting. More compelling, though, is the split-second when Durant emerges from the embrace, and finds the camera; in that instance, a gaze is reversed back upon us—and it’s not difficult to read a vow for revenge in his face. It’s a story that will form the narrative for NBA writers all summer and, presumably, for most of next season. If you’re looking for its genesis, well, here you are. [ABC]