Wayman Tisdale’s family, friends and fans celebrated his life last week after the NBA great succumbed to cancer earlier in the month.
A 12-year veteran of the NBA, Wayman did stints with the Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns before receiving the Legends Award from the NBA Retired Players Association. He followed his dazzlingbasketball record with a career as a bass guitarist. Wayman released 12 albums and won the Legacy Tribute Award by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. He was on tour to support his latest effort, Rebound, when he died on May 15 at the age of 44.
Wayman was originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his final respects, called the Celebration of Life Services, were held in that city’s BOK Center on May 21. Fred Hammon and country singer Toby Keith performed, and the mayor of Tulsa, Kathy Taylor, along with jazz musicians Dave Koz and Marcus Miller gave remarks. Other attendees included retired NBA players A.C. Green, John Starks and Charles Smith and many ofWayman’s jazz friends. The celebration was streamed live on Tulsa’s ABC affiliate’s website.
Wayman is survived by his wife Regina, four children and one granddaughter.
— Whitney Teal
Wayman Tisdale dead at 44