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05-15-2009, 09:49 AM

Sooners legend Tisdale dies at 44

Wayman Tisdale, the legendary Oklahoma Sooner who this year was elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame, died Friday morning. He was 44.

Tisdale died at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. His passing was confirmed by the University of Oklahoma.

A 6-foot-9 forward and three-time All-American at Oklahoma, Tisdale lost his right leg to bone cancer last year. The cancer was discovered when doctors were repairing his leg, which he broke after falling down stairs in his home in Los Angeles.

It was determined, then, that the the best course of treatment was amputation just above the knee.

Tisdale was a collegiate star at Oklahoma, where he averaged 25.6 points and 10.1 rebounds during his three-year career.

He played 12 seasons in the NBA, averaging 15.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 840 games with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, retiring in 1997. His best season came in 1989-90 with Sacramento, where he averaged 22.3 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Tisdale also was an accomplished bass guitar player. He recorded eight jazz albums, performed on worldwide tours and collaborated with artists like country music star Toby Keith.

Mr. Krab
05-15-2009, 09:49 AM

05-15-2009, 09:50 AM
Damn, RIP.

05-15-2009, 09:51 AM
No one is safe from the big C.


05-15-2009, 09:52 AM
RIP. The dude was a heck of a player.

05-15-2009, 09:54 AM
he was a beast in college and a beast on the bass

05-15-2009, 09:55 AM
sucks. He was too young.

05-15-2009, 09:55 AM

Great player!

05-15-2009, 09:57 AM
Pretty solid musician too...
Sad to hear. God bless his family and friends.

05-15-2009, 10:01 AM
Wow, that's too young. RIP.

05-15-2009, 10:04 AM
that sucks...

I remember getting his autograph at a big-8 tourney at Kemper when I was probably 15 or 16...

Then, about 20 or so years later I saw him perform at a jazz festival....pretty good too.

The older I get, the more these stories scare the hell out of me.

05-15-2009, 10:07 AM
I was in PHX at the same time he was. He was a good man.
Rest in Peace.

05-15-2009, 10:11 AM
He had the coolest name

05-15-2009, 10:12 AM
The older I get, the more these stories scare the hell out of me.

Isn't that the truth! :(

05-15-2009, 10:31 AM
Isn't that the truth! :(

I'm probably going to get cancer from being stressed about getting cancer. That stuff scares the crap out of me.

05-15-2009, 10:33 AM
He was a great player, and a heated rival. I saw him play many times when I was at Mizzou.

Very sad to go that young.

Archie F. Swin
05-15-2009, 10:42 AM

I'm gonna listen to the Sports Animal


05-15-2009, 10:46 AM
Great ball player, great musician, great man! This is tragic!

RIP Sir, the world is a better place because of you.

05-15-2009, 10:57 AM
He has a great jazz album out too, I think its won a grammy even.

RIP. Very talented bball player, and musician.

siberian khatru
05-15-2009, 11:00 AM
He performed here in town at a big jazz festival just four weeks ago.

This is what he said then:

“I’m doing good,” Tisdale said Thursday. “I’m making it through it. The doctor said everything’s fine. I’m going to take that word and go to the next stage.”

I, too, remember seeing him play MU in college. Everytime the ball went down low to him, it was a 3-point play. MU hoops were mediocre then, but one of my fondest memories of the time was being at Hearnes and seeing unranked MU upset top-5 OU and Tisdale.

Archie F. Swin
05-15-2009, 11:15 AM
will never get used to watching a left-handed bass player, not to mention a 7ft left-handed bass player

05-15-2009, 11:33 AM
Great bball player, better person. RIP

05-15-2009, 11:45 AM
Good guy.

05-15-2009, 11:45 AM
This is a sad day. As a lifelong Phoenix Suns fan, I watched this guy play. He was a lot of fun to watch.

God bless him.

05-15-2009, 11:59 AM
Damnit, RIP Wayman. I loved his music, still love his music and listen to it a lot. Damn, damn this guy was talented.

05-15-2009, 12:03 PM
This is a sad day :deevee:

05-15-2009, 12:13 PM
Good guy. RIP

Al Czervik
05-15-2009, 12:14 PM
Godspeed Wayman....

One of the most dominating players to ever play in the Big 8....

Prayer to his family....