EDITOR'S NOTE: Wayman Tisdale, the all-time scorer in University of Oklahoma basketball history with 2,661 points, is beginning to make an impression on and off the professional court. After the Indiana Pacers' 1985 No. 1 draft choice had 3 1/2 disappointing seasons, Tisdale was traded to the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 20, 1989. Tisdale, averaging 15.7 points a game during his Pacer career, is scoring 23.4 points an outing with the Kings, which ranks 10th in the NBA. Tisdale's interests have also extended to management. On Dec. 19, it was announced by Chip Land, president of Oklahoma City Cavalry, that Tisdale was a substantial owner of the new Continental Basketball Association franchise. Of the 30 businessmen who contributed to the $600,000 franchise fee, Tisdale reportedly paid nearly $100,000. Tisdale is Wednesday's Witness.
Question: What is your involvement with the new Oklahoma City CBA franchise?
Answer: It was a purchase plan given to my brother (Weldon) to look at and given to me to look at. It looked good to me, and I think it is going to be a plus for me. It's definitely something I'm really looking forward to, and it's something that after I'm finished playing that I would really like to get into.
Q: You originally expressed an interest in music or producing career after your basketball days are over.
A: I'd like to get into a little bit of both. I'm already into music, and I've already done one song ("Fifth Quarter"), but I'm looking forward to getting into other things like owning a basketball team.
Q: How much of a factor will you be in decision making, like selecting the coach?
A: Oh, I don't know. It's kind of up in the air right now. I feel as time goes along I will be asked to be in some of the decisions.
Hopefully, they'll be able to look at me for some input. My brother will help me keep up with it while I'm playing, but I definitely want to be hands on.
Q: You've said that the biggest disappointment during your professional career is the Indiana Pacers. Why?
A: I just thought . . . I thought that they exploited me. And when they didn't get what they wanted they turned their back on me. They didn't give me a chance to develop as a player like the Kings have.
Q: Do you still follow Oklahoma and Big Eight basketball now that you're in to pros?
A: A little bit. I think Oklahoma is going to be a really good team this year. I know coach Tubbs loves good athletes, and he has them this year. He uses them well and gets them to play well together. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 411447