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"The brothers say they always loved each other, but it didn't always show during the basketball battles in the driveway of their Stone Mountain, Ga., home. Alade is three years older than Al-Farouq, and he reminded him of that every time they played.
Their mother would ask Alade why he didn't let Al-Farouq win just every once in a while. Nothing doing, Alade responded.
"It's a big-brother competitiveness," Alade said. "You've got to beat him up. He wouldn't be as good as he is today if I didn't just straight beat him up.
"If I let him win every game, he probably wouldn't be as competitive, and he wouldn't be tough as a player."
Al-Farouq, by all accounts, abhors losing. He didn't take it well. Anjirlic said that the code of a mother prevents her from describing Al-Farouq's reaction in detail.
"Of course I would never publicly say he had any type of display of emotion," she said. "That would just eat him alive."
But along the way, the younger brother began to learn more and more of the older brother's tricks. And this older brother apparently wouldn't have it any other way."