He went on to produce 14 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes of action. The obvious joy Tisdale feels at being part of the Suns was evident when his follow shot put Phoenix up 85-55 with 9:44 left in the third period. Flashing that famous Tisdale smile, he high-fived with teammate Charles Barkley.
"It's so much healthier here (Phoenix)," Tisdale said of the atmosphere on his new team. "This is so much better for me. After spending nine years losing, you want to win.
"When you lose, you get accused of a lot of negative thngs about your game. I was tired of being accused of all the things I'm not.
And when you're winning, all the good things come out. " A big-time winner at Booker T. Washington and OU, it was Tisdale's hatred for losing in the NBA that convinced him to take what he admits is the gamble of his life. Although some teams reportedly were ready to offer him $20 million to sign and long-term deal, he opted for the $850,000, one-year contract the Suns had available under the salary cap.
Tisdale said he's taken out a hefty insurance policy in case a injury this season should end his career before he can seek a mega-bucks deal next season either with the Suns or another team with championship potential.
"Sure, there's a lot of risk involved," Tisdale said. "But winning means that much to me. I wouldn't have done this if I didn't want to win. " BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 589949