Byron Thomas Tolbert (born October 16, 1965) is an American sports broadcaster and retired professional basketball player. He played a total of seven seasons in the National Basketball Association. After retiring from basketball, Tolbert became a radio show co-host on KNBR in San Francisco and NBA commentator for the television networks NBC, ESPN, and ABC.
Tolbert, circa 1987
|Born||October 16, 1965|
Long Beach, California
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Artesia (Lakewood, California)|
|NBA draft||1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall|
|Selected by the Charlotte Hornets|
|Number||23, 3, 40, 39|
|1989–1992||Golden State Warriors|
|1993–1994||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,030 (6.5 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,251 (4.0 rpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Tolbert graduated from Artesia High School in Lakewood, California in 1983. Following high school, he played college basketball at University of California, Irvine (1983–1985), Cerritos College (1985–86), and the University of Arizona (1986–1988). While at Arizona, Tolbert played under coach Lute Olson, helping the team to an appearance in the 1988 Final Four. At Arizona, Tolbert was also a teammate of five-time NBA Champion and future Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr. In 1988, he was a second-round draft pick (9th pick, 34th overall) of the Charlotte Hornets. Tolbert spent seven seasons playing for a number of NBA teams, including Charlotte (1988–89, 94-95), the Golden State Warriors (1989–92), the Orlando Magic (1992–93), and the Los Angeles Clippers (1993–94). He also played briefly for Canarias in the Spanish league. He retired following the 1994-95 season after his oldest son was born.
In 1996, Tolbert was hired by KNBR, a San Francisco-based local sports radio station, to co-host a radio talk show titled The Razor and Mr. T with longtime Bay Area sports radio host Ralph Barbieri. The show has attracted high ratings in the Bay Area with male listeners aged 25 to 54. The title of the show was changed to The Mr. T Show following the departure of Barbieri from KNBR in the summer of 2012. In 2014, with former San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ray Ratto becoming co-host, the show became Mr. T & Ratto. Tolbert is currently the co-host of the Tolbert & Lund show on KNBR.
In addition to his radio work in San Francisco, Tolbert was a color commentator for NBA telecasts on NBC. He was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 for his work as commentator on NBC. Tolbert then worked for ESPN from 2002 to 2007. In 2003, Tolbert - along with Brad Nessler and Bill Walton - called the NBA Finals for ABC.
Tolbert lives in Alameda, California with his wife and three children. In 2017, Tolbert suffered an aortic aneurysm and underwent emergency heart surgery. He returned to his radio hosting duties after a week-long recovery.
- Tom Tolbert Statistics - Basketball-Reference.com
- Smith, Michelle (June 13, 2003). "KNBR makes moves". San Francisco Chronicle.
- "Mr. T & Ratto". KNBR. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
- "Tolbert & Lund". KNBR-AM. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
- "Tom Tolbert to Join Warriors Radio Broadcasts as Color Analyst". Golden State Warriors. December 28, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
- Okanes, Jonathan (November 2, 2007). "Tolbert puzzled but shrugs off ESPN decision". Contra Costa Times. Archived from the original on May 3, 2013.