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Wayman Tisdale: Back on the Offense

Wayman Tisdale’s 44 years of life so far have been the stuff of inspiration. Filled with amazing highs, thanks to an all-star pro basketball career that segued into the life of a smooth-jazz star, Tisdale suffered a setback early last year when doctors discovered a cancerous cyst. He’s kept a brave face with the media and with his fans. He’s always stressed the positive: the man with the big grin and the hearty laugh says his health challenge has made him a better man. There were certainly some dark times, though, and hopefully Tisdale will share some of his thoughts in an autobiography titled Face the Music that he hopes to publish in 2009. He’s already relayed his struggle in part on his new CD, Rebound (Rendezvous).

If you’re familiar with basketball, you know Tisdale helped define the power-forward position. A three-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma, he was an integral part of the U.S.A.’s gold-winning basketball team at the 1984 Olympics. He spent 12 years in the NBA, averaging more than 15 points and six rebounds per game with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.

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