Ironically, the area where Tisdale's departure hurts the most is defense. "He was a lot better defensive player than people gave him credit for," says Tubbs. "He was also the guy who could go up in any crowd of players and come down with the rebound." As the season wears on, the Sooners may introduce a new defensive weapon—6'10" Stacey King, a thin freshman with a genius for blocking shots and racing up and down court like a guard. "He gets back better defensively than any big player I've had," says Tubbs. "I'm not saying he'll start, but somewhere down the line he could definitely be a factor."
Who knows, maybe in 1989 Tubbs will take his club to Tasmania to forget King. (A team can make an international trip every four years.) Till then, don't waste your tears on Oklahoma.