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NBA (and Music) Great Wayman Tisdale: 1964-2009

Former NBA star Wayman Tisdale, who also found success as an award-winning jazz-bass player, died in Tulsa, Okla., today at the age of 44 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Wayman, a 6-foot-9 forward, played with the Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns, averaging 15.3 points during his 12-year career.

“I’ve had the chance to live two dreams,” Wayman (above) told us during March Madness.

“I’ve had the chance to live two dreams,” Wayman (above) told us during March Madness.

He also played on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.

And in recent years, several of his music albums made the Billboard Top 10 charts.

Six weeks ago, Wayman appeared on The NBA Breakdown to discuss his career, and his health.

“It’s probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done,” Wayman told host Audley Stephenson about having his leg amputated last August 2008 to try and stem the cancer.

“It puts everything into perspective, I’ll tell you that.

“But I’m getting through it and keeping a positive attitude about the whole situation.”

He later added that he thought about giving up, but “I have a great family and they wouldn’t let me do that.”

To hear Wayman’s full interview, click here.

“I’ve had a chance to live two dreams,” Wayman (above) told us during March Madness.