Wayman Tisdale 1964-2009

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IMay 15, 2009

30 Nov 1994: Center Wayman Tisdale of the Phoenix Suns moves the ball during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls won the game, 118-105.

Former Indiana Pacer, Sacramento King, and Phoenix Sun Wayman Tisdale passed away today after a two year battle with cancer.

The 12-year NBA veteran from the University of Oklahoma was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which is also known as cancer in the knee in 2007. The initial round of chemotherapy did not help the cancer any and in August of 2008 he had to have part of his right leg amputated.

Life was far from a frown for Wayman Tisdale, however. His accomplished basketball career shined at Oklahoma, where he got to play with his brother. He won a gold medal under Bobby Knight for the 1984 US Olympic Basketball team. He was the second overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft to the Indiana Pacers.

Throughout his career, Tisdale averaged 15 points and six rebounds a game. His best season overall was the 1989-1990 season, during which he averaged 22.3 points a game and 7.5 rebounds a game.

In 1995, Tisdale began to focus more on his music career. He became an established jazz bass guitarist. From 1995-2008, he would release eight albums. In 2002, Tisdale was awarded the Legacy Tribute Award by the Oklahoma Jazz Music Hall Of Fame.

A musician, a basketball player, a father, a husband, and an overall good guy according to those who knew him, Wayman Tisdale was a special individual who will be missed by many. He pulled double duty with the word "role". He was a role player, and a role model.