Wayman Tisdale Passes Away at 44

May 15, 2009
The world just lost one of the great ones.  Wayman Tisdale passed away at the age of 44.  Tisdale had a 12-year NBA career playing for the Pacers, Kings, and Suns.  He averaged 15.3 points and 6.1 rebounds.  He was at his best with Sacramento in 1988 & 1989 averaging 22.3 points & 7.5 rebounds and 20.0 points & 7.7 rebounds respectively.
 
Tisdale had a brilliant NCAA career at the Oklahoma, where he was a three-time All-American.  In his three years at OU he averaged 25.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks.  He was elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame this year.  He also took home the Gold on the 1984 Olympic team.

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Wayman wasn’t just an athlete though.  He was also a musician.  He played the bass guitar, releasing eight albums.  Take a listen at Rhapsody.

In August, 2008 Tisdale had his leg amputated when doctors discovered cancer while treating a broken leg he suffered when he fell down some stairs.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Tisdale family.

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29 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Maria
    May 15th, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    My thought and prayers are with his family.

  2. LestersLegends
    May 15th, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    Terrible news. It sounds like he was loved by everybody he came in contact with. He’ll be missed.

  3. Lynne McKinney
    May 15th, 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    What an AWESOM ENTERTAINER!!! I JUST HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING WAYMAN TISDALE FOR THE VERY 1ST TIME IN LAS VEGAS @ THE CITY OF LIGHTS JAZZ CONCERT; WHICH ALSO MY FIRST GOING TO.WHAT A BLESSED EXPERIECE !!!!

  4. LestersLegends
    May 15th, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Lynne.

  5. Rick Moses
    May 15th, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    I love your music, it touched and moved me. u played w/soul, power, love,, spirit, and u seemed to always acknowledge God and your family, Man I didn’t know u but I miss u bro. may God continue to bless your family… Musician as well Mozizluvzjazz-Rick Moses -Drums

  6. LestersLegends
    May 15th, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Rick.

  7. Felicia Woods
    May 15th, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    My prayers to your family. You will Live Forever In Music.

  8. David Funk
    May 15th, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    This is truly a sad day. When first lived in Oklahoma, I remember him as the greatest player they’ve had in basketball. He came in an era that produced the greatest group of legends on the basketball court.

    If you’ve never seen it, check out the classic NCAA Tournament match-up when Oklahoma took on Louisiana Tech with Karl Malone. I think YouTube has highlights of it. I can still picture Tisdale hitting the game winning shot in overtime to help them move on in the tournament.

    He was a classic player, musician, and human being. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  9. LestersLegends
    May 15th, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Felicia and David.

  10. chandra
    May 15th, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    Your music gave me a melodic peace. Thanks for sharing your God given talent. You will truly be missed.

    Chandra

  11. LestersLegends
    May 15th, 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Chandra

  12. Kimberly
    May 16th, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    words cannot express the shock of hearing that news. I’m just gald I had the pleasure of meeting him, getting his autograph on my hang time CD and getting his picture. I will miss him hanging with Dave Koz inhis concernts. Awesome shows.

  13. LestersLegends
    May 16th, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    thanks for sharing kimberly. His music will live on.

  14. sam johnson
    May 16th, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    I always Enjoyed watching waymon play.Even though he was only six foot nine he could still dominate centers that were a lot taller than him.Much in the style of bob rule of the sonics and sam lacey of the cincinati royals.My heart goes out to his family.sam johnson

  15. Shochon Hervey
    May 16th, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    I have always loved Wayman Tisdales music,he will be missed in hemusic world I have every cd listen to them on a daily basis that ishow well I liked his music…..

  16. LestersLegends
    May 16th, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    Thanks for adding Sam. He was a great player.
    Shochon – thanks for sharing

  17. bjcleaning LLc
    May 17th, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    you will be missed around tulsa you family wil be in my prayer.

  18. LestersLegends
    May 17th, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    thanks for sharing BJC LLC

  19. Mindy from the ATL
    May 17th, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    I never had the pleasure of watching him play football but his music was where he impacted me. To do either well you have the have a lot of heart and soul and he had that it factor. He will be missed but his music will live on. My best to his family. R I P

  20. LestersLegends
    May 17th, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    basketball, but that’ s OK. Glad he touched you with your music

  21. MICHAEL BOOKER SR.
    May 18th, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    I WILL TRULY MISS THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND BASSIST. HE CHANGED THE WAY WE LISTEN TO THE BASS GUITAR, AND SET A STANDARD FOR SMOOTH JAZZ…PLAYERS AND LISTENERS. MAY HE REST IN PEACE

  22. LestersLegends
    May 18th, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Thanks for sharing Michael.

  23. Scott Foster
    May 18th, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    I had the distinct priveledge of playing many gigs many years ago with Ken Tisdale, and he had a profound impact on my life and I can feel and hear his influence in Wayman. So proud of Wayman; he will be missed but never forgotten…

  24. LestersLegends
    May 18th, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. It’s clear he had a influence on so many people.

  25. ALL AMERICAN
    December 5th, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Ya’ll should watch toby keith’s song he wrote and dedicated to Wayne “Tiz” Tisdale. Really beautiful!!!

  26. LestersLegends
    December 5th, 2009 at 6:17 pm #

    Thanks for sharing.

  27. Judy
    January 1st, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    I did not know Wayne Tisdale but I enjoy Toby Keith’s music. Every time I watch the music video of Wayne that Toby sings I get very choked up. What a great friendship they had.

  28. mike
    January 13th, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    As a KU fan, it was a great relief Oklahoma did not try more to get him the ball in the second half or I’m sure KU would not have won the NCAA in 88. What a great sportsman.

  29. mikey santana
    December 15th, 2010 at 5:30 am #

    this is the best song that can be played especially if u lost someone that u loved so much and remember to always ” just say hey I LOVE U cause it will be the best words u can ever say …….cause u cant ever say that to them but in ur own heart

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