Friday, May 15, 2009

RIP Wayman Tisdale, Age 44

Former NBA veteran, college basketball star and musician, Wayman Tisdale passed away Friday morning at just 44 years of age. The former Forward/Center had recently lost a leg to cancer, and had been battling the disease for over 2 years. Tisdale was the #2 pick back in the 1985 draft by the Indiana Pacers, after excelling at Oklahoma in college basketball. During his college career Tisdale was an All-American 3 times and holds the record for most points scored by a player through their freshman and sophomore seasons. In addition to the Pacers, Tisdale played for the Kings and Suns, averaging over 15 points and 6 rebounds a game for his 12 season career.

Tisdale retired from the NBA in 1997 and went on to a career in jazz music, during which he recorded several albums and toured with notable stars like Toby Keith.

(Story source: USA Today)

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