Then-Dallas assistant coach Del Harris:
"When that girl was out there on an island all by herself and couldn't come up with the words, I think everybody in the building was pulling for her but Mo was the one who had the wherewithal to come out and put his arm around her and start singing right along with her. I just thought it was one of the classiest acts I had ever seen in the NBA. It was very touching. For a guy in a real pickle with playoff basketball on the line, to be able to think of somebody else like that just represented the best that there is in human beings."
Then-Blazers PG Damon Stoudamire
"I just remember the little girl forgetting the words and there was a pause. Cheeks went over there and put his arms around the little girl and she was tearing up. Shoot. Everybody was singing along to help her out. It was a nice gesture. We were signing in the line. You're listening to the National Anthem with your eyes closed and then it paused. So you look up and you see that she's so young that you feel bad. Sometimes when people mess up, you laugh. But she was so young that you said dang."
Oregonian columnist John Canzano
"I was 10 feet from her. There were probably 30 people within 30 feet of her, including both teams, officials, the media. And nobody moved except for Mo Cheeks. It's like we were all spectating and he had the sense to get involved. It was clear, too, that he wasn't entirely comfortable singing. But he wasn't going to let her sit there and struggle by herself. And when she finished singing, she ran out the tunnel and I put down my stuff on press row and I forgot about the playoff game. She was crying and saying, 'This is awful, this is the worst night of my life, how embarrassing, I blew it.' And I said you have no idea. This is going to be big. It was a really cool moment. It was a playoff game, but it stopped being about the game the minute Cheeks put his arm around her and started singing."
"It was a TNT game. It was a playoff game. It's boisterous in Portland anyway no matter what game it is. They've got some of the best fans out there. But it was just buzzing, and we were thinking about trying to get us a win. And everybody was focused on the game. And then when she just stopped singing, I think most people just said, 'Oh shoot.' It was a nationally televised game and I was thinking, 'I don't want this to happen to this little girl.' And I'm sure everybody in the arena was thinking that as well. But not everybody in the arena could react. I was the only one who could react. Some other people could have, but I just happened to be the one to do it.
"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."