Wayman Tidsale passes away at the age of 44

May 16th, 2009 - 6:40 pm ICT by GD  

Wayman Tidsale, the three-time All American at Oklahoma, after battling with cancer for two long years died on 15th May (Friday) at his home in Tulsa. At the time of his death he was 44 years of age.

The cancer, which caused his death resulted from a cancerous cyst below his right knee. He had only become aware of the cancer in 2007 after suffering from a fall that resulted in a broken leg.

As the news of his death began to make headlines, tributes quickly started to pour in From the OU community. Billy Tubbs, the former head coach of the OU basketball team, paid his tribute to the legendary basketball players with the following words, “Wayman, through this fight of his, was the most courageous person that I’ve ever seen. He was so positive he almost made you feel he was okay when you knew he wasn’t. It’s a shock. I don’t know of any athlete at Oklahoma or any place else who was more loved by the fans who knew him than Wayman Tisdale. He was obviously, a great, great player, but Wayman as a person overshadowed that. He just lit up a room and was so positive. This is a really hard loss and makes any loss in basketball or any other sport insignificant. He was a great human being. I’ll miss everything about him.”

In his 12 year long career as a NBA professional, after spending three years at Oklahoma, Tidsale played for the Indiana pacers, Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns. Tidsale averaged 15.3 points in his professional career and was also the member of the 1984 US basketball team that won the gold at the Olympics.

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