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What's on NBA TV? Wayman Tisdale documentary

November 2, 2011 | 12:19 pm

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NBA TV will be airing a documentary on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. Pacific time on the life, both basketball and musical, of Wayman Tisdale.

Tisdale, who died of cancer in 2009 at the age of 44, was a teammate of Michael Jordan's on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and played for 12 years in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns after being a three-time All-American at Oklahoma. He also recorded eight jazz albums, including "Face to Face," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart.

Also appearing in film are former teammates A.C. Green and Sam Perkins and musicians Toby Keith and Dave Koz.

“My gift is to be able to make you listen, to get an emotion out of you, and to make you feel better, feel good inside,” said Tisdale in film. “That’s me. I’m the happy music man. I’m the candy man.”  

Tisdale was the first University of Oklahoma athlete to have his number retired and his coach there, Billy Tubbs, said, “Wayman Tisdale is one of the great college players to ever play the game. I always said that if he had played four years at Oklahoma, he would have wound up governor of Oklahoma.”

Green compares Tisdale's game to some of the greatest players ever. “I’m looking around the country and I’m used to hearing Patrick Ewing’s name, then there is Michael Jordan, but I’m telling you Wayman took it and had it at a different level.”

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Photo: Wayman Tisdale. Credit: Bill Baptist / NBAE / Getty Images

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