NBA TV to show documentary on Wayman Tisdale

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: November 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm •  Published: November 6, 2011
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NBA TV will celebrate the life of former Oklahoma basketball standout Wayman Tisdale by airing The Wayman Tisdale Story at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The hour-long special chronicles Tisdale's personal journey as a basketball player, family man and devout lover of music.

A Tulsa native, Tisdale played 12 NBA seasons with Indiana, Sacramento and Phoenix after being drafted second overall out of OU in 1985. He recorded eight jazz albums, including Face to Face, which reached No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart.

“He was very dedicated to being a complete person, and basketball didn't engulf his whole life,” said Hall of Fame guard Michael Jordan in a press release.

The documentary also includes insight into Tisdale from former Sooners coach Billy Tubbs, jazz saxophonist and Tisdale's former collaborator Dave Koz and former NBA players A.C. Green and Sam Perkins.

Tisdale died in 2009 after battling cancer. He was 44.