Tom Tolbert

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.[1] 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.

Tom Tolbert
Tom Tolbert - Arizona Wildcats
Tolbert, circa 1987
Personal information
BornOctober 16, 1965 (age 53)
Long Beach, California
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolArtesia (Lakewood, California)
NBA draft1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career1988–1995
PositionPower forward
Number23, 3, 40, 39
Career history
1988Charlotte Hornets
19891992Golden State Warriors
1992–1993Orlando Magic
1993–1994Los Angeles Clippers
1994–1995Charlotte Hornets
Career NBA statistics
Points2,030 (6.5 ppg)
Rebounds1,251 (4.0 rpg)
Stats at

Basketball career

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.[1] 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.

Broadcasting career


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.[2] 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.[3] Tolbert is currently the co-host of the Tolbert & Lund show on KNBR.[4]

From December 2012 to the end of the 2016 NBA season, Tolbert joined the Golden State Warriors Radio Network as color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Tim Roye.[5]


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.[6] In 2003, Tolbert - along with Brad Nessler and Bill Walton - called the NBA Finals for ABC.[3]

Personal life

Tolbert lives in Alameda, California with his wife and three children.[3] In 2017, Tolbert suffered an aortic aneurysm and underwent emergency heart surgery. He returned to his radio hosting duties after a week-long recovery.[7]


  1. ^ a b Tom Tolbert Statistics -
  2. ^ Smith, Michelle (June 13, 2003). "KNBR makes moves". San Francisco Chronicle.
  3. ^ a b c "Mr. T & Ratto". KNBR. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Tolbert & Lund". KNBR-AM. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Tom Tolbert to Join Warriors Radio Broadcasts as Color Analyst". Golden State Warriors. December 28, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Okanes, Jonathan (November 2, 2007). "Tolbert puzzled but shrugs off ESPN decision". Contra Costa Times. Archived from the original on May 3, 2013.
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1987–88 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team

The 1987–88 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Arizona during the 1987–88 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Lute Olson. The team played its home games in the McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona, and was a member of the Pacific-10 Conference. In the Pacific-10 Basketball Tournament, Arizona beat Oregon State by a score of 93–67 to claim its first Pac-10 title. The Wildcats built on that momentum by reaching the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

1989–90 Golden State Warriors season

The 1989–90 NBA season was the Warriors' 44th season in the National Basketball Association, and 27th in the San Francisco Bay Area. With the fourteenth pick in the 1989 NBA draft, the Warriors drafted Tim Hardaway, who teamed with All-Star forward Chris Mullin, and second-year star Mitch Richmond to form the threesome later known as Run TMC. The Warriors got off to a bad start losing 14 of their first 18 games, but posted two six-game winning streaks afterwards winning 12 of their next 15 games. However, midway through the season they struggled and fell below .500, missing the playoffs by finishing fifth in the Pacific Division with a 37–45 record. In a win over the Boston Celtics in the 38th game of the season, Hardaway, Mullin and Richmond all surpassed 20 points in the same game for the first time. The Warriors led the NBA in scoring during the season.

2003 NBA Finals

The 2003 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2002–03 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs. The Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs played the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets for the title, with the Spurs holding home court advantage. The series was played under a best-of-seven format. The Spurs defeated the Nets to win the series 4–2. Spurs' forward Tim Duncan was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship series. The series was broadcast on U.S. television on ABC, with Brad Nessler, Bill Walton, and Tom Tolbert announcing.

The 2003 Finals documentary was narrated by Rodd Houston, who later narrated three other NBA Finals series.

This was the first NBA Finals since 1995 to use the traditional script font in its logo; in the intervening years, a more contemporary all-gold logo had been used with the Larry O'Brien Trophy, as well as the year and the series' name encompassed by an oval on a black background.

The series featured controversy about Tim Duncan getting a quadruple double in game 6. On Duncan's stat sheet, he had 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, and 8 blocks. However, in the third quarter, there were two instances of Duncan potentially getting a block but they were not called. The first instance was of Duncan blocking a shot before the ball traveled out of bounds before another player touched it. A block was not called. The second instance came just 2 minutes later, with Duncan blocking another shot, this time with the ball not going out of bounds. However, the block was credited to David Robinson. Looking at the video of the block, Duncan's hand appears to touch the ball before Robinson's. As of 2017, no change has been made to the stat sheet, and Duncan was not credited with a quadruple double.

Cerritos College

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Dave Pasch

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John Kincade

John Kincade is a sports talk show host based in Atlanta, Georgia for WCNN 680 "The Fan", and nationally as a Sunday morning host of The JK Show on CBS Sports Radio. John co-hosts the lunchtime Noon-3pm Buck and Kincade Show with former University of Georgia national championship quarterback, Buck Belue. The duo have been together since September 2000 (more than 3,000 shows and counting) making it the 3rd longest running radio show in the Atlanta market behind Star 94's Steve and Vicki Morning Show and Rhubarb Jones. Kincade previously worked as a sports talk show host on WQXI (AM) 790 The Zone in Atlanta and was a contributor to the popular WIP Morning Show in Philadelphia with Angelo Cataldi from 1992-1994.

John formerly hosted The John Kincade Show on ESPN Radio, but this contract ended and he moved to CBS Sports Radio. While working with ESPN Radio he served as a fill-in host on The Herd and other programs.John also is the host for the Climate Change Denier Hour and is also the Rinkside Reporter for SportSouth for all Home games. Kincade served as radio anchor of Final Four coverage from Atlanta in 2007 for the network.

Kincade appeared on the ESPN Classic programs Classic Now and Missing Link and on ESPN News Hot List.

He received a Chairman's Citation from the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for his work with the charity in 2007. Kincade hosts the annual "Strike Out Leukemia and Lymphoma Radiothon" annually on 680 The Fan. The 2008 event raised over $112,000 dollars and in eight years the event has raised over $700,000.

Kincade was the subject of a feature in Cigar Aficionado magazine that recognized him as one of the top talents in American sports talk radio. Others awardees included Hank Goldberg of WQAM, Tom Tolbert of KNBR and Glenn Ordway of WEEI-FM. Since 2015, he has also been the co-host of The Big Podcast starring NBA legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal.

A two-time cancer survivor, Kincade is a graduate of the School of Communications at Temple University and is originally from Broomall, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School.


KNBR is a San Francisco, California AM radio station, broadcasting on a clear channel at 680 kHz from transmitting facilities near Belmont, California. KNBR's non-directional 50,000-watt class-A signal can be heard throughout much of the western United States and as far west as the Hawaiian Islands at night. For several decades, KNBR enjoyed a long history as the flagship station of NBC's West Coast radio operations.

A second station also uses the KNBR brand. KTCT (1050 kHz) is licensed to San Mateo, California, with a transmitter located near Hayward, California. It carried a separate sports format known as The Ticket. The Sports Leader is the on-air branding used by both stations. The KNBR re-branding took place in 2003. Both stations' studios are located at 750 Battery Street in San Francisco's Financial District.Between the two stations, games of the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Stanford Cardinals are broadcast to the San Francisco Bay Area. KTCT is available in the HD format on 1050 kHz.


KRTY (95.3 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station located in San Jose, California and licensed to nearby Los Gatos, airing a country music format.

KRTY has two booster stations on 95.3 MHz; KRTY-FM1 licensed to Scotts Valley and KRTY-FM2 licensed to New Almaden. In addition to locally programmed country music, KRTY carries the syndicated Country Countdown USA show on Sunday mornings and Golden State Warriors games.


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List of NBA Finals broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers that have broadcast NBA Finals games over the years.

Mr. T (disambiguation)

Mr. T (born 1952) is an American actor and former bodyguard.

Mr. T or Mister T may refer to the following:

Tom Tolbert (born 1965), American sports radio personality

Stanley Turrentine (1934–2000), American jazz saxophonist

Denis Thatcher (1915–2003), husband of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, herself known as "Mrs. T"

Mr. T (album), Tego Calderón's fifth studio album

Mister T (TV series), an animated series based on the actor

Mr. T, the main character from blaxploitation movie Trouble Man

Mr. T and Tina, an American TV series starring Pat Morita

A character representing the letter T from the children's television series The Letter People

A song on the Regurgitator's 1997 album Unit

Mr. T, a 1981 Conway Twitty album

Mr. T (born 1989), a Vietnamese beatboxer

Mr & Mrs T, a line of drink mixers owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.

NBA Countdown

NBA Countdown, branded for sponsorship purposes as NBA Countdown Presented By Straight Talk Wireless or Mountain Dew, is a pregame television show airing prior to National Basketball Association (NBA) telecasts on ABC and ESPN.

NBA Countdown typically airs thirty minutes prior to games on ABC and ESPN. In 2006, the first and so far only one-hour edition of the pregame show aired, prior to Game 1 of the 2006 NBA Finals.

NBA Showtime

NBA Showtime is the pregame show aired before each NBA on NBC telecast. The program, a half-hour in length, began during the 1990–91 NBA season, and was initially hosted by Bob Costas. Costas left in the mid-1990s, and became lead play-by-play voice of The NBA on NBC in 1997. Hannah Storm replaced Costas and hosted Showtime until Ahmad Rashād replaced her as host of the pregame show when Storm went on maternity leave in 2001. Storm returned in 2002 which meant that her and Rashad would alternate as hosts throughout the season. NBC kept the title of Showtime prior to the 2000–01 NBA season.

Showtime analysts included:

Quinn Buckner 1991–1993

P. J. Carlesimo 2000–2001

Pat Croce 2001–2002

Julius Erving 1993–1997

Mike Fratello 2001–2002

Kevin Johnson 2000–2001

Pat Riley 1990–1991

John Salley 1997–1998

Isiah Thomas 1998–2000

Tom Tolbert 2002

Peter Vecsey 1990–2001

Jayson Williams 2001–2002Midway Games created an NBA Showtime arcade game in 1999. The game was an update to the NBA Jam series, and used the same opening music and presentation style as the television show.


The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. The ESPN cable network first televised NBA games from 1983 to 1984, and has been airing games currently since the 2002–03 NBA season. ESPN2 began airing a limited schedule of NBA games in 2002. ESPN on ABC began televising NBA games in 2006 (ABC Sports aired NBA games under the title of the NBA on ABC from 2002 to 2006). On October 6, 2014, ESPN and the NBA renewed their agreement through 2025.

NBA on television in the 2000s

As the national broadcaster of the NBA, CBS aired NBA games from the 1973-74 until the 1989–90 season, during which the early 1980s is notoriously known as the tape delay playoff era.

NBC then succeeded the broadcast rights from 1990 to 2002. During NBC's partnership with the NBA in the 1990s, the league rose to unprecedented popularity, with ratings surpassing the days of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in the mid 1980s. Upon expiration of the contract in 2002, the league signed an agreement with ABC, which began airing games in the 2002-03 season. NBC had made a four-year $1.3 billion ($330 million/year) bid in the spring of 2002 to renew its NBA rights, but the league instead went to ESPN and ABC with a six-year deal worth $2.4 billion ($400 million/year), a total of $4.6 billion ($766 million/year) when adding the cable deal with Turner Sports. Partially due to the retirement of Michael Jordan, the league suffered ratings decline after ESPN and ABC took over the rights. The NBA extended its national TV package on June 27, 2007 worth eight-year $7.4 billion ($930 million/year) through the 2015–16 season, during which the league had its new resurgence leading by renewed Celtics–Lakers rivalry and LeBron James.

The 2001-02 season would mark the final year of regular NBA coverage on TBS, Turner Sports signed a new NBA television contract in which TNT would assume rights to the company's NBA package while TBS would discontinue game coverage altogether.

Ralph Barbieri

Ralph Barbieri (born c. 1946) is a former sports radio personality from San Francisco, California. Along with former NBA player Tom Tolbert, Barbieri hosted the afternoon sports radio show The Razor and Mr. T on KNBR from 1996 to 2012. With Barbieri, the show was the highest rated show in the Bay Area for the 25-54 male demographic since 2000.


Tolbert is a surname, and may refer to:

Berlinda Tolbert (b. 1949), American film and television actress (The Jeffersons)

Emanuel Tolbert (b. 1958), American professional football player

Frank X. Tolbert (1912–1984), American historian, newspaper columnist, and restaurateur

Jim Tolbert (b. 1944), American professional football player

John Tolbert, American local education activist

Lynda Tolbert-Goode (b. 1967), American championship hurdler and sprinter

Margaret E. M. Tolbert (b. 1943), American chemist

Matt Tolbert (b. 1982), American professional baseball player

Mike Tolbert (b. 1985), American professional football player

Miles Tolbert (contemporary), Secretary of the Environment of the State of Oklahoma

Paden Tolbert (1870–1904), American law enforcement officer and railroad agent

Ray Tolbert (b. 1958), American professional basketball player

Skeets Tolbert (1909–2000), American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, and band leader

Stacey Lovelace-Tolbert (b. 1974), American professional basketball player

Tom Tolbert (b. 1965), American professional basketball player and sports broadcaster

Tony Tolbert (b. 1967), American professional football player

Tyke Tolbert (contemporary), American professional football player and coach

William R. Tolbert, Jr. (1913–1980), President of Liberia 1971–80Tolbert can be a given name.

Tolbert Lanston was the American founder of Monotype, inventing a mechanical typesetting system patented in 1887 and the first hot metal typesetter a few years later.Tolbert may further refer to

the inhabited place named "Tolbert" in the municipality of Leek, Groningen, the Netherlands

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