Wayman Tisdale 1964-2009
May 15, 2009 9:31 AM   Subscribe

Wayman Tisdale is dead at age 44. The 2nd pick in the 1985 NBA draft, he played for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and the Phoenix Suns. His first love was always music, retiring in 1997 to focus on a successful career as a jazz bassist. He released eight albums and was well sought out as a studio musician.

He discovered he had osteosarcoma after a fall down some stairs uncovered a cyst, which unfortunately resulted in the loss of his leg, and eventually his life.

A very talented guy, he will be missed.
posted by uaudio (16 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

posted by netbros at 9:44 AM on May 15, 2009


posted by Shohn at 9:46 AM on May 15, 2009

I didn't know who he was, but damn, 44 is young. Awful.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:46 AM on May 15, 2009

posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 9:53 AM on May 15, 2009

posted by AceRock at 9:54 AM on May 15, 2009

Get down on it.

posted by dr_dank at 10:13 AM on May 15, 2009

posted by Smart Dalek at 10:18 AM on May 15, 2009


my mom just sent me a note about this. i went to high school with the guy.

in a school full of obnoxious jocks, wayman was a sweet, polite, nerdy dude.

posted by artof.mulata at 10:25 AM on May 15, 2009 [2 favorites]

He seemed like a real nice person. Talented in more than a couple ways. Hard to dislike him.

posted by grubi at 11:02 AM on May 15, 2009


He was on the Phoenix Suns from '94-'97, when I was a young teenage Suns fan. I'm still a basketball fan, but like most people, my unbridled enthusiasm for the sport and my team peaked when I was around 13 to 15 years old.

The Suns players from those years are mythic figures to me, and Tisdale was one of the most unique in a rather odd crew*. Tisdale moved differently than other players--he had a big butt and used his low center of gravity to make room for himself in the paint. And he had this sweet baby hook shot that seemed to come from nowhere. I seem to remember that the Suns' play-by-play guy, Al McCoy, had one of his silly nicknames for Tisdale's hook shot, but I can't remember it right now.

Anyway, I'll miss Wayman.

* the odd crew: the outspoken Charles Barkley, the famous virgin AC Green, the high-sock wearing Elliot Perry, the coke addicted wunderkind Richard Dumas. And of course Thunder Dan Majerle and one of the great underrated point guards, Kevin Johnson. Good times.
posted by mullacc at 12:26 PM on May 15, 2009


44 is too young, that's just sad.
posted by doctor_negative at 1:22 PM on May 15, 2009

posted by box at 1:26 PM on May 15, 2009

one of oklahoma's great native sons.

posted by domino at 4:27 PM on May 15, 2009

few folks can pull off professional athlete and professional musician in one lifetime. way too young.

posted by gnutron at 4:47 PM on May 15, 2009

posted by MarshallPoe at 7:29 AM on May 16, 2009

A good man who happened to be a good basketball player too. Musician too. He is on my list of the top 25 athletes I would like to have dinner with.

posted by JohnnyGunn at 5:44 PM on May 17, 2009

« Older PortlandFilter   |   Jock Sturges Newer »

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments