Pang of guilt leads Lillard to making fan's day

Pang of guilt leads Lillard to making fan's day

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by Mike Benner, KGW Staff

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Posted on August 2, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 9:43 AM

PORTLAND -- Hitting clutch baskets has made Blazers guard Damian Lillard a star.

One of his biggest fans is Siros Ardestani of Tigard, who found himself Wednesday meeting his sports hero at Washington Square Mall.

"I asked him for a picture and he rejected me straight up," said Ardestani.  "I was shocked and I walked away all mad and sad."

Ardestani thought that was the end of it, but he was wrong.  A short time later, Lillard tweeted regrets.

Ardestani saw the tweet and responded with one of his own.

Ardestani, again, thought that was the end of it.  However, the biggest shock was yet to come.

"I didn't expect him to do that because usually NBA players wouldn't do that at all," said Ardestani.  "He was very nice and that was nice of him to do that."

The two hung out for a few minutes.  They talked basketball and cars.  They even took a few pictures together.

"I was just like freaking out the whole time."

Back in May, Lillard's entourage was accused of assualting two men in Old Town. It was all over a picture of Lillard. 

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Nothing close to that happened this time around.  Since the encounter with Ardestani, the story has garnered national attention.  It is a dream come true for the boy from Tigard.

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