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May 15, 2009

Former Oklahoma great Tisdale dies at 44

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

In 1997, Tisdale became the first Oklahoma player in any sport to have his jersey number retired. Two years ago, then-freshman Blake Griffin asked Tisdale for permission to wear No. 23, which Tisdale granted. Griffin went on to become the consensus national player of the year this past season as a sophomore.

"I spoke with him pretty frequently this past season and he helped me in ways he probably doesn't even know," Griffin said.

Tisdale is survived by his wife, Regina, and four children.

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Associated Press Writer Ron Jenkins in Oklahoma City and AP Sports Writers Jeff Latzke in Oklahoma City, Larry Lage in Detroit, Jim O'Connell in New York, Doug Tucker in Kansas City, Mo., Cliff Brunt in Indianapolis and Jaime Aron in Dallas contributed to this report.



Wayman Tisdale Career Stats

The Associated Press





Year, Team G FG FT Reb PPG

1985-86 Ind 81 .515 .684 7.2 14.7

1986-87 Ind 81 .513 .709 5.9 14.5

1987-88 Ind 79 .512 .783 6.2 16.1

1988-89 Ind-Sac 79 .514 .773 7.7 17.5

1989-90 Sac 79 .525 .783 7.5 22.3

1990-91 Sac 33 .483 .800 7.7 20.0

1991-92 Sac 72 .500 .763 6.5 16.6

1992-93 Sac 76 .509 .758 6.6 16.6

1993-94 Sac 79 .501 .808 7.1 16.7

1994-95 Pho 65 .484 .770 3.8 10.0

1995-96 Pho 63 .495 .765 3.4 10.7

1996-97 Pho 53 .426 .625 2.3 6.5

Totals 840 .505 .760 6.1 15.3



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Playoffs

Year, Team G FG FT Reb PPG

1986-87 Ind 4 .613 .565 4.0 12.8

1994-95 Pho 10 .451 .643 3.0 7.3

1995-96 Pho 4 .333 .500 1.0 5.3

1996-97 Pho 4 .400 .000 1.8 3.0

Totals 22 .456 .590 2.6 7.1

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  • Former Oklahoma great Tisdale dies at 44 Wayman Tisdale, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma who played 12 seasons in the NBA, has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44.

    May 15, 2009