Bulls vs. Nets Video: Watch Jerry Stackhouse Sing National Anthem Before Game 1

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIApril 20, 2013

Jerry Stackhouse looked a bit nervous as he sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls' first-round NBA playoff series.

But he ultimately sang a lot better than the Bulls played.

There were a few sharp notes. If I'm doing my best Randy Jackson impersonation, I'd say there were a few pitchy moments. But all in all, he did a solid job.

I've certainly seen far worse...Roseanne Barr anyone?

His Nets put on a show as they dismantled the Bulls 106-89 before the hometown fans at the Barclays Center. While he finished without any points in the 12 minutes of game action he saw, he set the "tone" before the game.

This wasn't the first time Stackhouse sang the national anthem before a game. He has also lent his voice to the pregame ritual as a member of the Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks.

He is obviously a man of many talents. In addition to an 18-year NBA career, Stackhouse has also done some TV work. The 38-year-old obviously has a few avenues to pursue when his playing days are done.

Here he is belting out the Star-Spangled Banner as a member of the Mavericks.

Watching an athlete take part in such a nationally cherished tradition is fantastic to watch. And it feels a lot better for Nets fans after a lopsided win.

If they keep playing the way they did on Saturday night, Stackhouse will have more opportunities to sing the anthem in front of the Brooklyn faithful.


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