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Bassist Wayman Tisdale Dies at 44

Wayman Tisdale

Wayman Tisdale, a former NBA power forward who enjoyed a second career as a popular smooth-jazz bassist, died this morning at a medical facility in Tulsa, Okla. Tisdale had been battling bone cancer since 2007; in August of 2008 his right leg was amputated. He was 44.

Born in Tulsa on June 9, 1964, Tisdale was recruited by the University of Oklahoma, where he became a three-time All-American and set records for scoring that stand today. He played on the U.S. Olympic team, earning a gold medal in the 1984 summer games. The following year he was drafted by the Indiana Pacers, going on to play 12 seasons in the NBA for the Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.

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