O.J. Mayo could sense something was wrong by the emotion in his brother's voice on the other end of the phone. The pain of knowing a family member thousands of miles away needs support is a hopeless feeling.

Todd Mayo was about to enter his sophomore season at Marquette when he had to sit in his coach's office and call his family to tell them he was academically ineligible. So many questions were running through his head.

Will I ever play Division I basketball again? What is going to happen to me without basketball?

All of his thoughts were things his older brother could have helped him with, but O.J. was thousands of miles away focused on getting traction with his new team, the Dallas Mavericks. Sure, phone calls were made, but in-person moral support would have been the best remedy.

A year later, the Mayo brothers shared yet another important phone call. This time O.J. did the dialing and picked up on a much different emotion when he told his brother he was signing a three-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. The two were going to be together in the same city again.

"I could hear him grinning through the phone," O.J. Mayo said. "It's all love, but at the end of the day I'm representing the Milwaukee Bucks organization and he's representing the Marquette institution. We both have the same last name representing our family and what we stand for. It's all about coming out, working hard and trying to be successful."

Alisha Mayo has spent the past two years trying to balance her job in Memphis with trying to catch as many of O.J. and Todd's games as she could. Both of her sons now call the BMO Harris Bradley Center home, making their mother's life a whole lot easier.