Man, I just heard about this. I thought for sure he was gonna beat this. He was a bad ass bass player. I really fell into Smooth Jazz after diggin’ his and Norman Brown’s music.
For the last two years Wayman had been battling cancer, and had one of his legs removed below the knee last year to help with the fight.
Tisdale was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma, he also spent 12 seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.
He averaged 15 points and 6 years during his time in the League…topping out at 22 and 7 in 1990 with the Kings.
Before Tyler Hansbrough accomplished the feat this year, there wasn’t a three time first team All-America since 1985…when Patrick Ewing, Keith Lee and Tisdale did their thing.
Dude always had a smile on his face, but he was a competitor. He and Keith Lee of Memphis would have some battles. Both were prolific scorers and I couldn’t wait to read the paper the next day to see if Wayman hit 50…as he was prone to do.
He averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds during his NBA career.
Then the music came. He released 8 CD’s:
- Power Forward (1995)
- In The Zone (1996)
- Decisions (1998)
- Face to Face (2001)
- Presents 21 Days (2003)
- Hang Time (2004)
- Way Up! (2006)
- Rebound (2008)
He was diagnosed with cancer after falling down a flight of stairs February 8th 2007 and breaking his leg.
He credits Bobby Knight with giving him the strength to fight after the Olympic coach pushed him like only Bobby Knight can.
He taught himself music. There were no lessons.
God bless his family.