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R.I.P. Wayman Tisdale: Remembering an amazing musican and a sports legend

Wayman2 When news spread that former NBA star Wayman Tisdale died this morning at the too-young age of 44 after a long battle with cancer, I didn't think much about his adventures on the hardwood.

I was too busy mourning the death of a damn good bass player.

Sure, he played for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. He also won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics, set a scoring record at the University of Oklahoma, which still stands, and was just elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

But for this sports-ignoramus, Tisdale was the exception that proved the rule; a sports star-turned musician who actually had mad skills on his instrument and onstage.

Tisdale produced an array of smooth jazz records as an artist, Wayman-sports starring his formidable bass-playing skills as a lead melodic voice.

He also was a left-handed player who jammed on left-handed axes -- a serious inspiration for this left-handed drummer-turned-bassist who does the same.

So, while the sports world mourns the loss of a great star, I'm going to shed a few tears for a wonderful musician taken away from us in his prime. Here's hoping he's holding down the low notes in a seriously kicking band just inside the Pearly Gates.

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Check below for a sample of his chops:

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:57pm]

    

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