Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 11:49 am  |  39 responses

Wayman Tisdale: R.I.P.

Wayman Tisdale, the 1985 second overall pick, died Friday morning of cancer. He was 44. A solid player in the League for 12 seasons, Tisdale was better known for his collegiate career at Oklahoma. He was the only Division 1 athlete to be named All-America in his freshman season until Kevin Durant Durant in 2007. Despite his health troubles, Tisdale continued to work with his “first love,” making music as a bass guitarist.

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  • Roberto

    He was a great player, great musician, and a great person. He will be missed greatly.

  • JQ

    Wow, just watched something about him on TV a few months ago and he was doing great. I loved his attitude towards life. RIP

  • ber

    Co-Sign Roberto. RIP

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    man…. I remember Inside the NBA did a piece on him, I believe it was last year. Loved it, and I thought he did pretty well back then. Didn’t know it was this bad again. What a loss, too young.

  • littleshotlarry

    Way too young. This is tragic. He was SUCH a good guy.

  • Clark Kent

    Sad news. My prayers are with his family. RIP Mr. Tisdale.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy


  • Pic

    Wow, I didn’t see this coming, I saw the Inside feature on him and thought he was on his way to recovery. RIP. Always had a smile on his face, even through the toughest times.

  • #6marjons

    this sucks

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    the world has lost a good soul. RIP.
    *moment of silence*

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    RIP. Cancer sucks.

  • Tuomas

    Wayman, even though I’d probably do it anyway, this whisky shot and In a Sentimental Mood by Duke and Coltrane are for you. RIP.

  • http://Www.mynetwheels.com Harry

    You were a great player,
    A great musician,
    You made people happy on earth,
    Now you can make God happy with your
    Your music lives on forever!!!

  • John B. Doe

    Rarely in the world of sports and entertainment do you find a person as upbeat and unscathed by fame and fortune as Tizzy. Even rarer is the fact that he was one of the nicest persons you’d ever meet, and never was a harsh word or deed published about him. The sports and music world has lost one of the best. R.I.P.

  • Elan Corcia

    I am a fan of the NBA for over 25 years and I do remember Wayman Tisdale, he was a decent player and a hell of a musician, but most of all, he was a good person, an ambassador to the world to look up too, R.I.P. Wayman!!!!!

  • ladyonethenet

    To the Tisdale family, thoughts and prayers go out to you. Wayman will be missed.

  • http://ballislife.com/ Moose

    Rest In Peace.

  • Tommy Patron


  • Kevin

    Wayman gave my nephew a shot to play the drums for him. My nephew ended up touring with Wayman and I always appreciated him for that. He was an extremely nice person. Our loss, is heaven’s gain.

  • http://trulyhoops.blogspot.com Collin

    today is a sad day. he was great in every single way possible. REST IN PEACE. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • Mernistyne

    I am saddened that such a gifted man has passed on but, now he’ll have no more suffering just an eternal life of music.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Wow, I’m totally surprised. I thought he’d beat this. So sad right now. RIP.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS


  • Jacob

    Wayman was the man, he was a great dude, you will be missed Mr Tisdale, RIP

  • Hello? Wilt Chamberlain is that you?

    RIP Wayman. The world is a lesser place without you in it.

  • Ted Dong

    R.I.P. Mr. Tisdale. My condolences to him and his family.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    RIP. He kept a smile and hope throughout his bout with cancer, something everyone can learn from.

  • http://nextgg.com DMC14


  • http://www.slamonline.com andrew

    what a shame, he is gone.rip

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    like Betcats … i don’t think it’s fair that the guy is not on the front page …
    after Chuck D. it’s another kind of good soul who goes to meet the other dimension …


  • http://myspace.com/2grownup2beshownup Jack

    RIP Mr. Tisdale, your passion for life and love will live on. Thoughts to the fam.

  • Des-Row

    It’s sad. I first heard of him when I was making my foray into Jazz. I soon found out that he was a former NBA player. This man lived the dream I could only wish of, Both successful NBA player and musician. Rest in Piece, Wayman.

  • wale

    R.I.P. we will miss you he was truly a great guy and he should be in the heavenly gates

  • zamhar

    Rest in peace Sir.

  • Darren Drouin

    I was a huge fan of Wayman the incredible jazz man.
    “Whenever you pray, take a little time and pray for me”
    Wayman you touched my soul in a way only Luther did. I will miss you everyday.
    I pray for all your family.

  • maurizio

    Grazie Wayman, non ti dimenticherĂ² mai.
    Thank you Wayman, I am honoured to have met you.

  • The Last Kings Fan

    There are going to be a depressingly long amount of names at the end of Noyz in the next issue…

  • Kevin Boone

    I was a kid when I knew first discovered Wayman I was playing High School Basketball position power forward he was one of the big men that I studied on how I should play in the paint then I went off to college majored in music discovered in his retirement he became an accomplished smooth jazz artist … That blew my mind, from basketball to music I have ben a fan ever sense. Thanks for the inspiration o start my own production company. God bless you Mr. Tisdale and the Tisdale family

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