Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wayman Tisdale

Wayman Tisdale, a former NBA player and gifted musician died Friday morning after a two-year batter with cancer. He was 44.

Tisdale learned he had cancer below his right knee after breaking his leg in a fall at his home in Los Angeles in 2007. Tisdale remained upbeat despite having his leg amputated last August.

Wayman Tisdale enjoyed success as a college and professional basketball player and a musician. He played with the Oklahoma Sooners. While at Oklahoma, Tisdale averaged 25.6 points and 10.1 rebounds during his three seasons. He still holds Oklahoma's career scoring record with 2,661 points and a career rebounding record with 1048. Last month, he was chosen for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

After three years at Oklahoma, Tisdale played 12 years in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacremento Kings, and the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 15.3 points and 6 rebounds for his career. He was on the U.S. team that won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.

Wayman was a gifted, and one of the most popular, jazz musician. My favorite Tisdale song is "Don't Take Your Love Away." I was looking forward to seeing him at the Playbaoy Jazz Festival next month. He will truly be missed.

Wayman Tisdale is survived by his wife, Regina, and four children. God bless the family.

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