Wayman Tisdale had “thebiggest heart—and an even biggersmile,” Reggie Miller said Friday,still shocked that the Oklahomalegend, 12-year NBA forward andaccomplished jazz musician hadlost his battle with cancer at 44.How good was Tisdale?
Three-time AP All-Americans, an exclusiveclub Tisdale and Georgetown’sPatrick Ewing both joined in 1985.“He made you wish he was on yourteam,” former Missouri coach NormStewart told
Tisdale’s retired OU jerseynumber, which BlakeGriffin received permission to wear.He did Tisdale proud, winning
’s2008-09 player of the year award.“I spoke with him pretty frequentlythis past season and he helped mein ways he probably doesn’t evenknow,” Griffin said. “He’s touchedso many lives.”
Points he piledup in just threeseasons at OU, still a school record.So are his 1,048 rebounds. Saidformer Sooners star Stacey King:“I wanted to be part of somethingspecial and it made logical senseto go to OU because I wanted topattern my game after him.”
Rockets at Lakers:
(Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Amazing run for Houston, but theLakers just have too much talent.
Magic at Celtics:
(Sunday, 8 p.m. ET, TNT)
The Celtics have been here before. The Magic haven’t.
— Sean Deveney
Cavs sit and wait,
Magic’s Dwight Howard
Tributes: Norm Stewart, ReggieMiller, Billy Packer,
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‘He touchedso many lives’
BY STAN MCNEAL
Angels ace John Lackey makes hisfirst start of the season this after-noon. All-Star righthander ErvinSantana debuted Thursday, andinjured slugger Vladimir Guerrerocould return in two weeks. Perhapsthe most difficult times are behindthe Los Angeles Angels. “We can seethe light at the end of the tunnel,”general manager Tony Reagins told
Sporting News Today
.The Angels certainly have dealtwith more than their share of diffi-culties, namely the tragic death of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart. But behind the steady hand of managerMike Scioscia, they have forgedahead and are within striking dis-tance of their customary spot atopthe A.L. West.Three reasons why:
The other starters.
With L.A.’s toptwo starters sidelined, Joe Saunders(5-2) and Jered Weaver (3-1) havepitched like aces—at least until Fri-day, when Saunders was shelled byTexas. Weaver has reached the sev-enth inning in five of his sevenstarts. “They realized an importantpart of our season rested on theirshoulders, and they stepped up,”Reagins said.
After dropping 10pounds in the offseason, two-timeAll-Star Torii Hunter has elevatedhis game. He is on pace for careerhighs in runs, RBIs and homers, aswell as game-changing catches incenter field. He has been even biggerin the clubhouse. In his second sea-son on the West Coast, Hunter has become the face of the franchise.“He’s a guy who is serious about his job,” Reagins said. “Our young guyssee that and are drawn to it.”
Two weeks after Aden-hart was killed in a car wreck, Angelsplayers staged their own memorialservice for the organization at AngelStadium. “There was laughter andreminiscing,” Reagins said. “(Nick’sdeath) is something that will be withus for a long time. This kind of upbeatservice was needed.” The Angelshave gone 13-7 since that service.Other teams are impressed butnot surprised. “A very well runorganization that we have a lot of respect for,” Rangers general man-ager Jon Daniels said. “They’re theteam to beat.”
Earning their wings
Despite tragedy andinjuries, Angels winning
Torii Hunter is on pace for career highs in runs, HRs and RBIs, and has stepped up the leadership.