Friday, May 15, 2009

Heaven's got a new Rebounding Jazz Guitar Player

We were saddened earlier today to hear of the passing of Wayman Tisdale. Though he never played for any of our favorite teams, we took a liking to him as a player, and then as a jazz guitarist in his second career.

Tisdale was a 3-time All-American at the Univeristy of Oklahoma before moving on to an NBA career with stops in Indiana, Phoenix, and Sacramento. He was also a member of the gold medal winning 1984 US Olympic basketball team.

After his retirement, Tisdale found equal success off the court, scoring Billboard Top 10 hits with his jazz albums.

In 1997, a cancerous cyst was found behind his right knee. It eventually led to the leg's amputation, but that didn't stop Tisdale who wore an Oklahoma "OU" red prosthetic leg.

We send our thoughts and prayers out to Wayman's widow Regina and their four children. Wayman Tisdale was just 44 years old.

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