Get well, Wayman. The words are so simple, and yet, they are exactly what Wayman Tisdale needs right now. Three weeks ago today, the basketball legend had the lower part of his right leg amputated. He has been battling bone cancer since early last year, but the amputation was a radical move to eradicate the disease from Tisdale's body. The news shocked many, even those who know him well. Tisdale, after all, has always had a larger-than-life quality to him. He was a basketball star at every level. The best prep player our fair state has ever seen, the Tulsa Washington High School superstar became a three-time All-American at Oklahoma. Then, he spent a dozen years in the NBA. And when his basketball career was done, he started a new one in jazz music. Tisdale became a star once again. He's excelled at everything he's ever done. There's little reason to believe that will change with his cancer battle. That's what those who have known him best believe. They tell the stories that reveal his personality and the tales that expose his spirit. They know Wayman will win now like he always has. Yet, they offer well wishes, too. Tisdale has said that kind words from others helped him like nothing else could after his initial diagnosis. They buoyed him. They lifted him. So, get well, Wayman. This seems like the least that can be done. A NOTE FROM JEFF CAPEL, OU basketball coach “Wayman, we love you and are praying for you. We can't wait to see you again back around at our games and supporting your Sooners. We can't wait to see you back out on the road touring and hear some of that great music that you play." My brother and I had a little Nerf hoop in the house that we would play on. We'd draft players from college basketball. Wayman was probably the only guy outside the ACC or the Big East that was ever drafted in our little one-on-one game where ... we were all five guys. It was just how good he was, how effortlessly he scored, how athletic he was. He seemed to just enjoy every second he was on the floor. I'd never seen a guy that was as good as him and scored as much as he did and have a smile on his face like that. I talked to him about two weeks before he had his surgery. When I gave him a call, I wasn't sure how he was going to be. I was incredibly amazed at how positive he was. It was just amazing the positive energy that he had. A NOTE FROM AL ESCHBACH, Former OU basketball radio announcer "Just do what you've been doing your whole life, and you're going to be fine, you're going to be happy. Just be Wayman Tisdale." A story that typifies Wayman ... is his first NCAA Tournament. They're playing in Evansville, Ind. The second game, they're playing Indiana. On the team bus going out to the game, everybody is just really quiet. All of a sudden from the back of the bus, we hear a scream. It's Wayman Tisdale screaming "I can't go! I can't go! I'm afraid to play Bobby Knight!" It just cracked everybody up. He was a freshman then, and you could see what a leader he was. He's a great competitor, a tremendous competitor. When I read the story about the leg, I was obviously saddened by it, but knowing Wayman, he will pull through. Wayman's tough. He's really tough. A NOTE FROM BLAKE GRIFFIN, OU basketball player "I just wish him a speedy and quick recovery. I hope he knows that everything he's done ... he's touched so many people in so many ways. Not just basketball but in so many ways." I never got to see him play, but I remember stories from my dad and people like that. All the things he could do. How smooth he was. I want to say I was already at OU when I first met him. I talked to him on the phone before about the whole number thing. I called him and I said, "Hey, Mr. Tisdale, this is Blake Griffin. I wanted to call and see if it was O.K. if I wore No. 23." He laughed. He said, "As long as you start doing big things up there again." I said, "We'll try." He's just been a positive supporter. A NOTE FROM DARRYL "CHOO" KENNEDY, Former OU basketball player "You know you can always depend on me. Anything you ever need, I'll try to help if I can. He knows I'd be his legs for him if I needed to be. I've got your back, Big Wayman." The thing about Wayman ... he could jump over the backboard. My goodness, he used to jump out of the gym. He was big. He wasn't a skinny guy. Muscle? He'd hit you with that hip. I'm thinking he'll get a prosthetic and probably keep right on going. That's the type of person he is. A NOTE FROM JAN LANE WARNER, Former executive director of OU Tip In Club "With Wayman, I know he's got such a wonderful attitude and I know that will bode well. He knows that he's got prayers all over the state and probably the whole United States. We all still love him, and we know he's going to be all right." When they were recruiting him, I was working for Billy Tubbs. When Wayman came, he became so popular so instantly - sort of like a Sarah Palin thing - it just got out of hand with people wanting him to come and speak at their churches or other events. It seemed like every church in the state wanted him to be there on Sunday. So, I just sort of fell into managing that for him. I can remember one time we were going to Duncan, and I went by to get him. When he got in the car, he had brought his guitar along. He played his guitar and sang all the way to Duncan. Wayman is a unique individual in that immediately you feel a connection with him. He was a precious person then. Still is. A NOTE FROM MARK PRICE, Enid native and former NBA standout "Our thoughts and prayers are with Wayman and his family." We played against each other every year in high school. We knew each other before we even started playing together for the Oklahoma Rams, but that's really the first time we ever developed any type of relationship. Wayman always had a big smile on his face. A big win at Enid my senior year, we upset them at our place. There was a great picture they took of me and Wayman after the game. Even after losing that game, Wayman had a big smile on his face. It just seems like he was always having a good time. A NOTE FROM MIKE TREPS, Former OU basketball public address announcer "Just do the things that have made you successful. Just continue to be positive. Just continue to attack this health crisis the way you attacked the basketball court, the way you attacked your music career. Just continue to do the positive things that have made you successful." There's not a soul that I can remember - I'm talking about our football, basketball, baseball teams - who greeted each day with a smile as much as Wayman Tisdale. The cup is always half-full with Wayman. Really, I never saw him down. I never saw him where he was dragging. I never saw him where he was depressed. It just seemed like life was made for Wayman Tisdale. NewsOK.com readers also sent their wishes to Wayman Brad Middleton, Duncan: I graduated OU in 1975 and lost my lower left leg in 2008. From a fellow amputee/adaptee and OU alum, take heart! Though the grace of God and your inner strength, you will overcome this. Charles Peery, Edmond: Wayman, you have always been a great role model, not only in sports but also in life. We wish you the best and pray God will be a comfort to you in your trials ahead. Byron Starnes, Suitland: You will always be a hero. Knowing you from the courage you displayed in the past, we know you will not give up! Jerry Alexander, Russellville: I finished at OSU in 1959. From all I read, you were the best of the best and a total class act. Praying that God will use you in a mighty way. Michael Smith, Keller, Texas: Wayman, you are true greatness. Without a doubt, you are the all-time greatest Sooner basketball player. I'll never forget the two-hand, reverse alley-oop dunk at the Carrier Dome vs. Syracuse. You and your family are in my prayers. Trisha Harris, Oklahoma City: My prayers are with you for a full recovery. God can still use you in so many ways. Ken Lawson, Houston: You hang tough. You have been a real shining star for everyone in your life. We love you and are praying for your recovery. Keep the faith.