Wayman Tisdale, Dead at 44

Wayman Tisdale has spent the past several years fighting bone cancer. He broke his leg twice within one year after a 20-year college and pro basketball career in which he’d never suffered worse than a sprained ankle. When doctors discovered cancerous cells in his leg and a mass program of chemotherapy didn’t work, Tisdale’s leg was amputated. But the battle continued, and according to Tisdale’s friend Spencer Tillman of CBS Sports, the Sooner legend succumbed this morning. He was 44. At Oklahoma, he was an absolute beast, making three All-American teams in three collegiate seasons before being drafted by the Indiana Pacers No. 2 overall in 1985. In an 11-year pro career with the Pacers, Kings and Suns, he averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds. More than that, he was known as one of the kindest, most beautiful humans in pro sports. (Seriously, a bad word has never been uttered about the guy.) Since his retirement, Wayman had gone back to his love of music, putting out eight critically acclaimed jazz albums. Four of them hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz list. The developmental years of my basketball fanaticism came watching Tizzy’s Kings teams in the early ’90s. To call those squads overmatched would be a slight understatement. The results were rarely positive. But if there was one place on the court where you could count on the Kings competing hard every single night, it was Tizzy’s paint. He never gave up. On anything. He lacked the athleticism of Karl Malone and the size of Patrick Ewing. But he made up for it with incredible pride and passion. That ball was his property, dangit, and he would do everything in his power to make sure he got it. Sometimes, size and athleticism beat him. But he never stewed in defeat long. He’d fight back, 24 seconds later. That’s how Tizzy dealt with cancer. It took his leg. But months later, he had a new jazz album out (Rebound). He didn’t stew in defeat. He fought back. Rest in peace, Tizzy. Best wishes with a heavy heart to the Tisdale family. The Wayman Tisdale Foundation and the American Cancer Society can use our help.

 This is just sad.. i can remember him getting it in on the court.. my pops was a fan.. and when he was a str8 bass player my mom was a fan.. in my house his music will for ever play.. and you will be missed.  PEACE BROTHER


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