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NU Bulldogs & The Late Wayman Tisdale

All’s not lost after all.

Hours after getting the boot by University of Santo Tomas in their must-win UAAP Final Four match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, National University coach Eric Altamirano told sports scribes that their semifinal exit will surely serve as a stepping stone to their title bid next season.

“This was our goal from the very start, to get into the Final Four,” admitted Altamirano after the game. “It was a hard climb, at least we were able to achieve the goal. “I know we failed today (Saturday), but we will use this as a motivation for next year to get to the finals,”

The Bulldogs finished the regular season as the No. 3 seeded team with a 9-5 win-loss slate after winning five of their seven games in the second round.

The UAAP Final Four loss was surely a bitter pill to swallow for the Bulldogs considering that they made it back to the post season for the first time since 2001.

But the Bulldogs can learn something from the late NBA star-turned-jazz-musician Wayman Tisdale, who passed away on May 15, 2009 due to a lingering cancer at his right leg.

His faith and positive, “smiling” attitude, were actions that left a tremendous mark in the lives of the many people he touched.

A biography of the late Tisdale, described the 6’9” former NBA journeyman as a person who sees circumstances in the spiritual standpoint.

In his last jazz music album called “Rebound”, launched on 2008 prior to his major operation on his right leg, he explained what his set of newly-produced songs were all about.

Rebound takes the listener on a journey with gratitude as the ultimate destination. Others might, understandably, be angry at God for the illness, but Tisdale feels nothing but thanks and praise.

Tisdale says:  “I look at everything from a spiritual standpoint, my father being a Baptist minister before he passed. Through your toughest times, you’re going to find out who you are as a person and I got to really see what type of person I am.”

Since his youth, Tisdale has actively served the Lord at Friendship Church in his Tulsa, Oklahoma, where his father served as the senior pastor for 28 years. He was a bass guitarist in their church, then played college ball at the University of Oklahoma.

He eventually, took college by storm with his all-around play, and was later on drafted second pick overall by the Indiana Pacers. He then, had his best NBA career with the Sacramento Kings, averaging 22.3 points and more than seven rebounds during the 1989-1990 season. He concluded his 12-year NBA career with the Phoenix Suns before retiring in 1997 to pursue his passion for music.

Challenges will always come our way, but like Tisdale, when we learn to entrust our life and future at the hands of God, He will build our character that could leave a lasting mark that will inspire even the next generation.

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