Oklahoman Modified: May 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm •  Published: May 16, 2009
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"Oklahoma has lost one of its most beloved sons. Wayman Tisdale was a hero both on and off the basketball court. Wayman played at OU during the time I attended school there, and I had the privilege of seeing a true champion in action. He was an incredible athlete and competitor.

"Off the court, he was an equally gifted musician and a tremendous ambassador for our state. In his two-year battle with cancer, Wayman demonstrated courage, faith and true strength of character. Even in the most challenging of times, he had a smile for people, and he had the rare ability to make everyone around him smile. He was one of the most inspirational people I have ever known.”

Brad Henry, Oklahoma Governor

"The entire Thunder organization is deeply saddened by the loss of Wayman Tisdale. We will forever remember the April night he was honored at a Thunder game. His smile radiated throughout the arena as fans and players on both benches all rose and cheered in tribute. He was a remarkable athlete and competitor, but most of all a tremendous person. His courage fighting cancer and helping others along the way are a lasting inspiration for us all. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Regina, their children and the entire Tisdale family.”

Clay Bennett, Oklahoma City Thunder Chairman

"Wayman was an amazing competitor and an even better person. His smile and enthusiasm for life was contagious and something that will live on forever.”

Scott Brooks, Thunder head coach

"Wayman Tisdale is one of the best people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He had an incredible gift of making the people who came in contact with him feel incredibly special.


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