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Tweet and meet: Blazers Lillard connects with fan, poses for photo

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Siros Ardestani Siros Ardestani
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A teen's tweet led to a very special meet-and-greet with the NBA's rookie of the year.

Siros Ardestani, 15, was strolling through Washington Square Mall recently, when he spotted Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Tigard High School sophomore, and his buddies trailed the Blazers point guard to Nordstrom, where he got up the courage to ask for a photo.

Unfortunately, he was shot down.

"I felt like I had offended him," Ardestani said.

Turns out he didn't offend Lillard, and the moment even stuck with the NBA star. Lillard tweeted out, "A high school kid wanted to take a pic with me… I said not right now, let me finish shopping. I feel bad now."

Through the power of social media, Ardestani saw Lillard's message. He replied: "That was me Damian. It's alright. I can't blame you. I bet it's annoying taking a million pictures a day. Maybe next time :)"

Next time came a lot faster than Ardestani could have imagined. Lillard later sent a direct message to the teen asking him to meet up at the Bridgeport Mall.

Ardestani got a ride from his mom to the shopping center, and Lillard emerged from the movie theater.

"He gave me a handshake, he was just like, 'what's up?'" Ardestani said.

Lillard then posed for a photo, and sent it out on his Twitter account, with the message, "I'm a man of my word."

"I told him let's one-on-one sometimes in basketball, and he just laughed really hard," Ardestani said.

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