Archive for December, 2009
RR: Now as you went through Washington High School here in Tulsa, not only was the city aware of your basketball talent, but soon the state knew of your basketball talent. And it wasn’t long until America knew about your basketball talent. And before you knew it, there was not a game that Wayman Tisdale played in where there were not college scouts and even professional scouts coming. What was it like as you were a high school student in Washington, as a basketball standout and as a scholar in many ways, what was it like?
WT: Well, mainly–excuse me–it was a lot of pressure involved. But somehow God took all the pressure away from me. I really never felt any pressure until last year. But other than that–
RR: That’s when you went in the NBA?
WT: Right. But seemed like I was just having fun. I’m still having fun, but it was just like another game to me. I really, I used to pray before every game and I still do, but when I go out on the court I’m about the most relaxed player out of anybody and that’s helped me to excel through my whole career. I just never really worry about anything.
RR: Well, do you attribute that to your father and his ministry?
WT: Definitely. You know, he really, he talks to all of us and he said, “If you put God first, you have nothing to worry about.” And I really listen to him. He’s six three, 220 pounds. (Applause) He’s been a great influence on my life. He’s been a minister as long as I’ve known him and I think that he’s one of the greatest people, one of the greatest persons on this earth.
RR: Did he teach you the Bible as you were growing up?
WT: Yes, we were raised in the church. He’d sit down with us and, you know, on Wednesday nights we’d be at church. And one night out of the week the family would get together and have Bible study at times. You know, a lot of people say being a preacher’s kid, I’m sure you’ve had that also–
RR: You and I have a lot in common.
WT: Right, yeah. You know, I felt it was an honor, you know, my father being a pastor, you know. Hey, I like it.
RR: So when you played with them, they put it on you pretty good.
WT: Yes, they wouldn’t give me any slack, they just beat me. And so I just stayed away. I started playing a game and I’d just quit in the middle of a game. And they’d say, “Well, we’re not going to pick you anymore.”
RR: Was there a time when all of a sudden you decided, yeah,maybe I want to try a little bit of basketball?
WT: Yes, my fifth grade year. I started trying to learn how to play and I had somewhat of a desire to play because, you know, everybody else was playing basketball. I said, “Maybe I should be.” I was taller than most of the 8th graders and I was only in the 5th grade. So I said, “I’d better start doing something.”
RR: Well now, when did you know or when did you even get a sense that basketball was going to be some, was going to be really a major part in your life? Was it in junior high school or was it when you got into high school?
WT: I think it was mainly when I got–the 9th grade year. I went to a camp in Georgia, BC camp, all-state camp, and I did pretty well up there. I was, I had just gotten off a bus coming from New Orleans and my high school coach, Mike Mims, picked me up right after I got off that bus and we rode in his van to Milledgeville, Georgia. And we played another week of basketball there. And, you know, is against top-notch competition in the nation. And I did pretty well, and that’s when I kind of felt that I would be able to use my body as a basketball player.
ORUS: Singing “We Are Persuaded” (Applause) SECOND CHANCE BOOK OFFER (Applause)
SUZIE MERRIWETHER: I’ve learned even when we don’t have it, to give. And before, I always thought you had to have a lot to give. After you paid all your bills, you paid your tithes first and you paid your bills, then if you had something left over you could give. But I don’t feel that way. When I have a need now, when my husband and I have a need, we plant a seed. I had never really been taught to give and expect something in return. And one day he really ministered to me about talking about planting a Seed-Faith if you have a real need.
LANNY MERRIWETHER: It came down to where we just didn’t have hardly any money left to even get by on the rest of the week. And she mentioned the fact that she had watched Richard Roberts’ program and how impressed she was with the program.
SM: And so he encouraged us to plant the Seed-Faith. And I told my husband that night, I says, “I really feel that we should plant something in Richard Roberts’ ministry.” And we added up the bills and truly there was not $10 to give. And I says, “Will you agree with me that we’ll send in $10?”
LM: So we discussed how much we were going to send, so we set the amount at $10 and in my way of talking, I says, “Well, you know, we really don’t have $10 to send.” And she says, “Well, I know,” but she says, “you know, if we send it and the Lord will bless it and let’s just pray that the Lord will multiply, you know, this and it will be used for the upbuilding of God’s kingdom.” And so I agreed with that and we wrote the check out and we prayed over it before we sent it.
SM: And that morning Lanny put it in the mail and that afternoon we stopped by his mother’s house for lunch. And she wasn’t at home and just as he was getting ready to leave to go back to work, she came in. And he says, “Mom, have you got a piece of gum?” And she says, “Well, I’ve got something better than that.”
LM: And so she said, “Here, this is for you.” And it was a check for $1,000. And the first words that came out of my mouth was, “Praise the Lord.”