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Houston and Damian Lillard share special bond through sports

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Tri-Cties Fever starting quarterback Houston Lillard is not the only great athlete in the family. His younger brother, Damian, is a soon-to-be NBA draft lottery pick.

There is always that one moment in every sibling rivalry. It is the moment when the younger brother finally beats the big brother.

"We played one-on-one, and I used to kill him when he was younger and he would just fight me and punch me every time. Then one day he finally beat me. He finally beat me when he was about ten-years-old. He hit about 19 straight free throws and ran out the gym. He wouldn't play me for about three weeks," Houston said.

This past season, Damian was a third team All-American at Weber State University. He is also a two-time Big Sky Conference Player of the year. Damian is four years younger than Houston. Damian credits Houston for paving the way.

"My whole life he always kind of kept me ahead on stuff. Like he would tell me stuff and then I would know what to expect. Now that he's been playing at this level there's stuff that I know now that I know before I'm even going to be an NBA player. So it's cool to have somebody ahead of you that can kind of show you the ropes," Damian said.

The brothers are not surprised at where they both are at today.

"Not to sound cocky but we kind of set the standard for ourselves. Just the fact that it's finally happening it seems like it was just more of a long time coming," Damian said.

It will be a special moment for both brothers when Damian hears his name called in June's NBA draft.

"I might mess around start crying - feel like I got drafted," Houston said. "Everyday you know my girlfriend tells me I'm obsessed with him, but she doesn't understand like that's my brother."

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