Ironically, I was just thinking about this guy the other day. Probably because the Celtics have a couple of forwards who have a similar build and similar game to his. It got me to wondering what he was up to up to lately. I sure didn't think I'd find out it was bad.
Wayman Tisdale died Friday morning at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa after losing his two-year battle with cancer. He was only 44.
I only vaguely remember Tisdale's college career. He dominated in the early 80s, but this was long before the excessive hype that NCAA basketball now gets. In fact, he even played at a Big 12 school (then Big 8) being a former Oklahoma Sooner. You would think being an ISU grad, I could be more familiar with his work. Not so much since I really didn't pay much attention to the Big 8 until my senior year.
Once Tisdale got into the NBA, I remember watching his game and being impressed by how he was able to dominate at his size. He didn't have the normal lanky athletic build I was accustomed to seeing on pro players. However, he knew how to utilize his big frame and soft hands to be a constant threat.
What I remember most about Tisdale was how he broke the mold of your average NBA player. He had enough skills on the guitar to actually put out a jazz album. I will never forget the image of him holding a bass guitar on a basketball court with the album title "Power Forward". This was long before the days that hoopers were trying to go the easy (and far less-talented) route of putting out rap albums.
I was even more surprised to find out that dude had to have his leg amputated last year because of the cancer. I would have thought that would have made bigger news since he was in the League for 12 years and seemed to be an extremely likable guy. It's good to hear that even in the midst of all that he still remained upbeat and positive while being consistently active in the community.
Rest in peace, Wayman.