What should we remember about Wayman Tisdale? Everything

By John Rohde - Columnist Modified: May 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm •  Published: May 15, 2009
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Try as he might, Tisdale was unable to hide his two-year bout against cancer.

It's impossible to hide something so vicious when so many care about you.

Because so many people cared, and because Tisdale's battle was so intense, everyone knew that someday Friday would come.

Tommy: "You think you're ready, but you're not."

Billy: "It was a courageous battle. Still, it's just devastating. You know it's going to happen, but you almost get to thinking it isn't."

The pain, exhaustion, nausea, frustration, anger and heartache Tisdale endured since 2007 was far greater than any of us possibly could imagine.

So Tisdale bent the truth. He had everybody believing he would be OK.

"That was a Wayman trait," Billy said.

Sadly, it made his passing even more painful to accept.

"Wayman didn't want anybody to worry about him," Tommy said. "I always knew it was serious, but I believed him when he said he was OK. He had me fooled. He had everybody fooled."

Tisdale's passing presents somewhat of a problem.

What do we remember most about the man — the basketball player, the jazz man, the family man, the personality, the smile?

"When you think of Wayman, and all the things he accomplished, and the successes he had," former OU great Alvan Adams said, "you always think to yourself, 'Wow, that's good stuff.' "

This leaves us no choice but to remember everything about Wayman Tisdale.

"What's that saying, 'The good die young'?'' Billy asked. "Boy, they got a good one in Wayman."

There is no more pain for Tisdale, who has taken the next step.

"He's with his dad," Tommy said. "He's playing bass in heaven, and I know he's smiling ..."

Again, Tommy had to pause.

"This is hard, you know," he whispered.

Tommy Tubbs tried to speak, but couldn't.

John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.


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