Tisdale played for twelve seasons in the NBA for the Kings, Suns and Pacers but mostly is remembered for his collegiate career as an Oklahoma Sooner. Tisdale owns many honors when he played at Oklahoma from being named a three time All-American including when he was a freshman and still holds the record for the most points scored as a freshman and sophomore.
Tisdale won a gold medal with the 1984 Olympic team that was coached by Bob Knight and eventually take with the second overall pick in 1985 by the Indiana Pacers. Tisdale was a solid contributor through his NBA career, his best season came in 1989-1990 when he was a member of the Sacramento Kings, Tisdale averaged 22.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
Tisdale eventually retired to follow his musical career in 1997, Tisdale who was an accomplished, self-taught Jazz guitarist produce eight albums included his recent offering called “Rebound” where did some work with country music artist Toby Keith.
He was given the Legacy Tribute Award by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2002.
Tisdale’s life then took a turn for the worst when in March of 2007; he underwent treatment for bone cancer. The cancer was found in his right knee after being treated at a hospital in February of 2007, for when he fell down a flight of stairs in his home. Eventually, he had to have his right knee and foot amputated in 2008, but that did not appear to slow him down.
Tisdale passed away at St John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 44.
A year ago, ESPN did a special report on Tisdale and his life after amputation.