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Byron Thomas "Tom" Tolbert (born October 16 1965 in Long Beach, Californiamarker) is a retired Americanmarker professional basketball player and a radio sports talk personality in the San Francisco Bay Areamarker. He played a total of seven seasons in the National Basketball Association.

Basketball career

Tolbert graduated from Artesia High Schoolmarker in Lakewood, Californiamarker in 1983. Following high school, he played college basketball at University of California, Irvinemarker (1983-1985), Cerritos Collegemarker (1985-86), and the University of Arizonamarker (1986-1988). While at Arizona, Tolbert played under coach Lute Olson, helping the team to an appearance in the 1988 Final Four. 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.

Broadcasting career


In 1996, Tolbert was hired by KNBRmarker, a San Franciscomarker-based local sports radio station, to co-host a radio talk show titled The Razor and Mr. T with a longtime Bay Areamarker sports radio host Ralph Barbieri. The show has been the highest rated show in the Bay Area in the 25-54 male demographic since 2000.


In addition to his radio work in San Francisco, Tolbert was a color commentator for NBA telecasts on NBC before moving on to ESPN. He was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 for his work as commentator on NBC. In 2003, Tolbert - along with Brad Nessler and Bill Walton - called the NBA Finals for ABC.


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