Who’s in the House - Game 4
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The Usher

CLEVELAND, June 14 -- There were a lot ushers to handle the 20,000 plus at Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena but only one Usher. The chart popping singer with a minority ownership of the Cavaliers was there to do whatever he could to help his team pull out a win.

"I have come with all these "isms" or sayings that I feel like really work to motivate the fans and team," said Usher. "I'm going to keep releasing them.

"But actually, I feel very fortune to have such a great partner like Dan Gilbert, and he came up with a great "ism." – 'You'll see when you believe it'", That's the mentality all our fans have."

"My saying is 'Go Hard or Go Home.' It's real."

"But, I decided to become a part of this organization as I felt and believed and now here we are in the Finals," said Usher. "We are way ahead of time.

"I was a heavy fan of Jordan, Magic and Jordan as a matter of fact. I see the same potential in LeBron James."

Usher also likes to think he had a lot to do with the Cavs winning the clinching game in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"It was suggested by Dan Gilbert that I sing the national anthem at Game 6 against Detroit," Usher said.

"Before the season, I told him, 'If you want me to do it just ask me to do it before a game.' And before that game he asked me to do it. It was an impromptu thing and I just came out and it worked. It actually brought us here…hopefully."

Usher, only able to attend a handful of games this season, enjoys it every time he can make it.

"I have such great respect for the NBA," Usher said. "Unfortunately, I could not attend more games but it was due to my hectic schedule. I was working on my album and a lot of things."

"My album is coming out in November," said Usher. "Being engaged living a new life with a having a family compels me to move in a different direction but I'm never going to forget my fans. It's still going to be great and a good funky time and with a lot of great energy."


No, Allen Iverson was not in the building. In the house and singing the national anthem was 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.

"This is one of the biggest events and I'm very excited about it and thrilled to be here," said Hicks. "Really, for the NBA to have me here, it's a great honor.

"I played high school ball and played at Hoover High in Alabama," said Hicks. "In fact Robert Horry taught me to shoot the jump shot at the Wimp Sanderson Basketball Camp in Alabama when I was 15. I'm rooting for the underdog, the Cavs, but I want to meet him again tonight."

Hicks looked good. I asked him if he lost any weight.

"Naw, it's that camera," joked Hicks. "It adds 10 pounds. But, now I have an active lifestyle lately and it's been easier to be health conscious."

Hicks laughed when asked if he could relate to LeBron as many people say both are older than their birth certificates read.

"He's good to go," said Hicks. "Look what he has done. He's the man. And I wish to congratulate on his new baby being born.

Still a fan of American Idol, he had nothing but well wishes for the 2007 winner, Jordin Sparks.

"She's a natural talent," said Hicks. "But other than American Idol, my favorite reality show is American Inventor."

This guy just can get away from the initials AI.

T.O. and Franco

The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, Terrell Owens enjoys the spotlight and loves a big game.

"I'm here for my boy D. Jones (Damon Jones)," said Owens. "I met him my second year in the league at a Nick Van Exel charity event."

"But I'm a fan of basketball," Owens said. "I have a lot of friends all around the league. I wore a Shaq jersey down in Dallas and got a lot of heat (no pun attended).

T.O. played sideline reporter at halftime.

"The Cavs played a little sloppy so there is a lot of room from improvement", said Owens.

Franco Harris, the former great running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was the hated enemy of the city of Cleveland.

"They're being nice tonight," said Franco. "I really enjoy Cleveland, I come here now and then. It's a great town. I have to admit even though we were big competitors we respected one another.

"We don’t have a basketball team in Pittsburgh", said Franco. "So, it's great to come here to the Finals and great to see a winning feeling here in Cleveland."

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