Tisdale entertains OU fans

John Rohde Published: November 12, 2000
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NORMAN - In recent years, the annual Tip-In Club banquet has had a national flavor with Dick Vitale and Billy Packer as featured speakers.

This year, Oklahoma men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson wanted some home cooking with a smile.


Former OU great Wayman Tisdale supplied both.

When introducing Tisdale to the crowd of 600 gathered on the floor of the Lloyd Noble Center on Thursday night, Sampson said what he remembered most about Tisdale were his turnaround soft jumper and his infectious smile.

For 40 minutes, Tisdale spoke seemingly about whatever popped into his mind while recapping his three All-America seasons at OU (1982-85) and his 12-year NBA career.

Tisdale had prepared notes, but rarely glanced at them.

Mixed in was some advice and a solid impersonation of former Sooners coach Billy Tubbs. Tisdale said the most valuable lesson Tubbs taught him was to be fearless.

"Hey," Tisdale said, speaking in Tubbs' familiar twang. "You can't be scared of nothin'. Look a challenge in the eye and kick its ass."

Some of Tisdale's light-hearted insights:

On winning: "Win at all costs. Some people say it doesn't matter if you win or lose. I want to win. I'm sorry. I played my son the other day and I had 50 (points) against him. I want to win. He's only 9, but he knows who his daddy is right now."

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