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Lillard unleashing local rapper at All-Star weekend in New Orleans

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By now, you probably know all about Damian Lillard. Trail Blazer. Rookie of the Year. NBA All-Star.

For one local man, however, it's Lillard's lesser known role that could lead to a big break in a whole different kind of game.

Lillard, in his second season with the Portland Trail Blazers, hosts a weekly national rap competition through Instagram.

It's called "4-Bar Friday." It allows aspiring rappers to show Lillard what they've got with a 15-second video, just enough time for four bars of rhymes.

One of those rappers is Gordon Peterson, better known as Dr. Goon.

Peterson said he spends hours working on his music in his homemade recording studio in Gladstone.

"I started rapping in high school," he said, "in my notebook."

Peterson was in Lillard's top four the first time he submitted a rap to 4-Bar Friday. Then, he did it again the following week.

Now, Dr. Goon is joining the Blazers point guard in New Orleans for All-Star weekend.

While Lillard is making history as the only NBA player to ever participate in the slam dunk contest, three-point shootout, skill challenge, rising stars game and the All-Star game, Peterson will be in a competition of his own.

Lillard is flying nine of 4-Bar Friday's best to join him in New Orleans to crown a national champion.

The event is Friday and will be hosted by rapper and producer Mannie Fresh, along with Lillard.

"It's just all coming together," Peterson said. "I've always wanted to go to the All-Star weekend, it's kind of a dream come true. I don't know how it happened, but it did and I am not complaining."

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