The Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard felt horrible when others wouldn't, and he went back to remedy an issue that few would.
A high school kid wanted To take a pic with me ... I said not right now let me finish shopping. I feel bad now— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) August 1, 2013
Let's just say that Lillard is feeling guilty when he really shouldn't. He has a life outside of basketball and signs autographs when he can. While unfortunate, it's completely understandable.
Well, Siros Ardestani saw the post and answered back after what we presume was a minor fan freak-out.
@Dame_Lillard That was me Damian. Its alright. I can't blame you. I bet its annoying taking a million pictures a day. Maybe next time :)— Siros Ardestani (@SArdestani6) August 1, 2013
Here is how the rest of the story unfolded, leading to a planned meeting for a personal photo session, and one Ardestani will never forget.
@SArdestani6 told you to wait... My bad , we'll link up.— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) August 1, 2013
So Damian Lillard followed me and DMed me saying he felt bad... Its all good Damian. Definetely one of my favorite players off and on court.— Siros Ardestani (@SArdestani6) August 1, 2013
Damian Lillard just told me to go meet him up at Bridgeport. On my way dog.— Siros Ardestani (@SArdestani6) August 1, 2013
It must be hard to be a celebrity. There is the glitzy side of fame that is accompanied by a ton of money, but there is also a downside. Just consider that you always have to be "on" with fans.
In an age of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, you almost have to deliberately hide a bad day or a grumpy demeanor, or else some fan will label you a jerk on their blog. It's exhausting, but some people get it.
Damian Lillard gets it.
The 23-year-old averaged 19 points and 6.5 assists per game in his first season in the NBA. It was a start that should have Portland fans optimistic about the future of their backcourt.
It was also a turn that has a great many fans clamoring to get their paraphernalia signed and their pictures adorned with a cameo from the talented guard.
We watch sports because they make us feel good, and we follow athletes who continue that sentiment off the court.
It's important to remember that the sports world is a microcosm. There are some players who garner deplorable headlines, but there are also the extremely kindhearted who remind you that people are indeed great.
A tip of the hat to Lillard for reminding us that athletes can be truly awesome.
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