I know I'm late but . . .
Can we please have a moment of silence for . . .
Wayman Lawrence Tisdale, the Oklahoma University Sooner basketball legend and NBA player who recorded several jazz albums, died May 15 in Tulsa, Okla., after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44.
The athlete-musician -- with the infectious smile -- was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2007 and had to have his right leg amputated in August. Despite being an amputee he never asked for sympathy for losing his leg. Instead, he became a fighter against cancer and established The Wayman Tisdale Foundation, an organization devoted to helping other amputees as well as those living with cancer.
Tisdale is a 1984 Olympic gold medalist and a three-time All-American for Oklahoma University. As a professional basketball player, he played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Phoenix Suns. "This is an incredibly sad day as we have lost not only one of the greatest Sooners ever, but one of the all-time best people to walk the face of the earth," said OU basketball coach Jeff Capel.
Outside of sports, he was an incredible bass player who released several albums on the smooth jazz scene. Tisdale's 2008 disc, Rebound, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and featured a cover song of Barry White's "Never Gonna Give You Up" with country crooner Toby Keith. "This is a tough one for anyone who knew Wayman -- to know him was indeed to love him," remembers saxophonist Dave Koz who often toured with Wayman. "I feel so fortunate to have gotten to spend so many wonderful times with him, to share the stage, to laugh, to record together. And I can't recall anyone fighting cancer the way he fought it -- he was a hero on the court, on the stage, in his fight to live and in everything he did."
Tisdale is survived by wife Regina, three daughters and a son.
The funeral for Wayman Tisdale is schedule for May 21 (Thursday) at 11 a.m. in his hometown of Tusla, Okla.