Thousands mourn ex-Sun Wayman Tisdale

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- With his casket carried in a horse-drawn carriage, Wayman Tisdale was remembered as a basketball star and gifted musician by thousands of mourners swaying to gospel tunes.

The body of the former Oklahoma All-American traveled three miles from the funeral home to the downtown arena in Tulsa yesterday.

About 4,000 people, including former NBA players, pop musicians and former coaches, attended the memorial.

There was live jazz music, clapping and shouting in honor of the man who died last week at 44 after a long battle with cancer.

Pallbearers stepped to the beat of jazz music played on stage by Tisdale's band.

Tisdale played 12 seasons in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.

Former NBA players Charles Smith, Rory Sparrow and John Starks paid tribute.

A.C. Green, a minister and ex-NBA player who also played with the Suns, spoke early in the service.

Tisdale recorded eight albums. A bass guitarist who often wrote his own material, his most recent album, "Rebound," was inspired by his fight with cancer.