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Wayman Tisdale
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Basketball Player
    (June 9, 1964-May 15, 2009)
    Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
    NBA 2nd draft pick, Indiana Pacers (1985)
    Played center and power forward for the Pacers (1985–1989), Sacramento Kings (1989–1994) and Phoenix Suns (1995–1997)
    Gold medal for US Olympic basketball team (Los Angeles, 1984)
    Smooth jazz bass guitarist
    CDs include ‘Power Forward’ (1995), ‘In the Zone’ (1996), ‘Face to Face’ (2001), ‘Hang Time’ (2004) and ‘Rebound’ (2008)
    Member of Oklahoma Tourism Board
    He broke his right leg after he fell down a flight of stairs at home.
    He nicknamed himself the ‘Ambassador of Old School.’
    Not just any jazz, mind you — he’s into the smooth jazz genre!
    He overuses the phrase ‘tie me down.’
    He released a gospel CD (‘Presents 21 Days,’ 2003).
    ‘I never thought I’d be touring more now than when I was in the NBA.’
    He became a grandfather… before his mid-40s.
    His son grew to six feet by age 13.
    He was the first Oklahoma Sooners player to have his jersey number retired.
    He was named to the All American team every year of his tenure at the University of Oklahoma.
    His best season was 1989–1990, where his game average was 22.3 points and 7.5 rebounds.
    He was treated for bone cancer in the wake of his staircase injury. A year and a half later, part of his leg had to be amputated.
    He never had any formal music training.
    He named his debut CD after one of his team positions (hey, why not?).
    The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame awarded him the 2002 Legacy Tribute Award.

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