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Five views of Maurice Cheeks' act of kindness

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: April 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm •  Published: November 1, 2009
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"The people helped us sing when I walked up. And I started saying, 'Come on, come on.' And when the people started helping us sing it made it easier for me because had it just been us I don't know if we would have made it through. But as I started encouraging the people to sing it made it a lot easier for me and for her. And she was able to finish it."

Brian Facchini, former Blazers basketball communications coordinator, now with the Thunder

"I remember walking into the arena a little later than I normally would and the announcer was going through his read. So I stopped in the tunnel and listened to the start of the anthem. Then it just stopped. I felt so bad for her that I turned and walked about 20 yards to the press room. As soon as I get in there I see Mo on the T.V. standing with here and remember saying to the stats crew, "What the heck is Mo doing out there?" I immediately went back out and when I get there the entire arena is signing the anthem. It was amazing. When you watch it now, what I notice most is the way he encouraged her. It was pure Mo."


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