Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wayman...........We Hardly knew You

From the Kansas City Star newspaper.......

Former Sooners basketball star Tisdale dies at 44

He stood..........6' 9" and weighed 240 pounds.

A scoring machine..........Tisdale, remains the all-time leading scorer at the University of Oklahoma........and had a stellar career.....with 12 seasons in the NBA.

From Wikipedia..........

Tisdale was born in Fort Worth, Texas[1]. His father, Louis Tisdale, was a well-known pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma serving for 28 years as senior pastor of Friendship Church; after his death in 1997, the former Osage Expressway in Tulsa was named L. L. Tisdale Parkway in his honor.[2] Wayman's older brother Weldon has been pastor of the church since 1997.[3]

Growing up, Tisdale was not interested in basketball; when Weldon and another older brother, William, played pickup games in their yard, he usually quit before they finished, retreating to the family's sandbox. However, Tisdale began taking to the sport in the eighth grade when he first learned to dunk.

He met his future wife Regina in April 1981 at church. At the time, they were juniors at different Tulsa high schools, and she did not know he was one of the most heavily-recruited basketball players in the country.

Tisdale called music his "first love". He was a self-taught musician; he never took any lessons, never knew what key any of the pieces he played is written in, or even the names of the notes. Throughout his youth, continuing through his college basketball career, he played bass guitar at his father's church. Music and church were so important to Tisdale that after recruiting him to the University of Oklahoma, Sooners head coach Billy Tubbs changed the team's practice schedule to accommodate Tisdale, moving the team's Sunday practice from the morning to the evening to allow him to play in the Sooners' band and at morning services in his father's church in Tulsa.

Back in the day........Wayman Tisdale........was a "baller".

May he rest in peace.

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