Smooth jazz bass guitarist Wayman Tisdale, the former NBA player and current jazz musician, had part of his right leg amputated due to bone cancer a couple of weeks ago.Tisdale, 44, revealed on his Web site that was having the surgery. Tisdale first learned he had cancerous cyst below his right knee after he broke his leg in a fall at his Los Angeles home in February 2007.
Tisdale underwent knee-replacement surgery and resumed touring with his jazz band, but deciding to endure the amputation to ensure that the cancer would not return. Tisdale was the second pick in the 1985 NBA Draft out of Oklahoma. He averaged 15.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in his 12 seasons in the NBA, playing for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. His best season was in 1989-90 with the Kings, when he averaged 22.3 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. In 1997, Tisdale retired from the NBA and began pursuing his jazz career. He has released eight albums, including his latest one Rebound, which came out this year.
The news about Tisdale's amputation comes as another surprise about a former NBA player this week, one day after the shocking death of former two-time All-Star Kevin Duckworth. Duckworth died during a trip to the Oregon Coast to help with a basketball clinic for the Portland Trail Blazers
WaymanTisdale released his debut CD, Power Forward, in 1995. In 2002, he was awarded the Legacy Tribute Award by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. His album releases include: Power Forward (1995); In The Zone (1996); Decisions (1998); Face to Face (2001); Presents 21 Days (2003);Hang Time (2004); Way Up! (2006); and Rebound (2008)