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Tisdale entertains OU fans

John Rohde Published: November 12, 2000

On being drafted by the Indiana Pacers: "Frankly, the Pacers didn't really need me. I thought they needed Jesus more than they needed me. We were pretty bad."

Tisdale's favorite coach: Tubbs.

Toughest player he ever played against: Larry Bird.

Hardest worker: Dennis Rodman.

Best player: Michael Jordan.

"My first sport was football, but I think football brought out the woman in me."

The first time basketball team Tisdale played for was in sixth grade. The first basket he made was for the opposing team.

In eighth grade, he lost a game by shooting an airball in the closing seconds. After a good cry, Tisdale vowed he would "never have this feeling again," and began working hard to improving.

He was approached by more than 200 colleges out of Tulsa Washington High School. The three finalists were Georgetown, Houston and OU.

A thankful Sampson said he thought coming back to speak might have been good for Tisdale.

"Keeping former players coming back; to me, that's what makes a program," Sampson said.

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