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Tisdale Tunes Former OU Basketball Star Focuses on Career as Jazz Musician

Andrew Gilman Modified: May 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm •  Published: December 16, 1998

Never camera-shy at OU, Tisdale always seemed to be ready with a smile or a comment. He played that way, too. Unlike some, Tisdale looked like he was having a good time on the court.

And Monday, he looked like he was having a good time on stage. Quick with a joke, and easy to make conversation with.

"I feel fortunate to have done both," he said of his basketball and music career. "There's a running joke that I'm the only working NBA player around."

That's thanks to the lockout that could cancel the entire season. Already hundreds of regular-season game have been called off along with the All-Star game.

Luckily, for Tisdale, he has another career.

"I haven't reached where I want to be, musically," he said. "Eventually, I would like to win a Grammy."

Out of the question? Not likely. Tisdale thrives performing in front of people, and he says the pressure of an NBA game isn't near what it is on stage.

"I'm getting to be comfortable," he said. "The music isn't there yet. But I'm not thinking of the notes anymore, I'm thinking of the energy that I need to bring to my performance."

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