Saturday, May 16, 2009
Wayman Tisdale, a 12 year NBA veteran and jazz musician died at the age of 44 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Wayman was more than just a former NBAer who became an accomplished jazz musician after he retired. He was an inspiration to so many others as he battled a disease that eventually claimed his life.
Wayman, a 6-foot-9 forward, played with the Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns, averaging 15.3 points during his playing career.
He also played on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
And in recent years, several of his music albums made the Billboard Top 10 charts.
The NBA Breakdown had the distinct privilege of welcoming Wayman on the program as a guest in March of 2009 where he discussed his health, music career and basketball.
Wayman never lost the smile and maintained a positive attitude even after doctors amputated his leg in August 2008 in an attempt to stem the cancer.
Wayman said, “I’m getting through it and keeping a positive attitude about the whole situation.”
He also said, "People who make it through things like this are the positive people and that's what I want to be known as."
The NBA Breakdown pays tribute to man who's legacy of having a positive upbeat attitude and infectious smile will be remembered by so many.
Thank Wayman for all you've done.