There is truth in candid moments... little slices of time where your subject remains unaware of you and your camera. My portrait subjects are often inside their own minds; caught up in the truth of moments which when spread out make their day. I call it "Gestalt Photography" - I never look to create the story being told; instead I trust my instincts to guide me to the proper moment where a story can be revealed.
Playing a friendly game of basketball on a public court in economically depressed areas has become a proving ground for many young men. Street rules are rough and they often exceed anything remotely related to the realm of sportsmanship.
Punches are thrown and blood is sometimes drawn. In showing that you can take a punch you not only earn respect, but if you are quick; you might just win the game.