Updated 5:56 pm PDT, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Tom Tolbert stands with the urinal honoring him at the Chase Center. Click through the gallery for a look at the greatest Warriors memories and moments in Oakland, before moving to the Chase Center.Tom Tolbert stands with the urinal honoring him at the Chase Center. Click through the gallery for a look at the greatest Warriors memories and moments in Oakland, before moving to the Chase Center.
Photo: Chase Center
Photo: Chase Center
Way back in 2016, onetime Warriors forward and sports radio host Tom Tolbert had a humble request he shared on air.
“Is there any way at the new Warriors arena you can dedicate a urinal to me?” he offhandedly joked. “Just one golden urinal. The Tom Tolbert urinal.”
Now, it would appear that Warriors president and COO Rick Welts has made good on the request, and the dream has come true for Tolbert, who played three seasons with the Warriors during his own NBA career from 1989 to 1992, and who now co-hosts a show on KNBR.
The urinal is in the media bathroom at the Chase Center. It isn’t golden — that aspect will have to come from the, er, showers — but there is a plaque dedicating it to Tolbert.
“Chase Center, the Tom Tolbert Urinal. Chase Center First Flush, June 17, 2019,” it reads.
“The only misgiving I have is that I went to the bathroom right before I came, so I won’t be able to dedicate it in the manner that’s appropriate for a urinal. So, we’re gonna do the best we can.” Tolbert said in a press release Monday, before baptizing the urinal with an honorary first flush.
“Where are we going to put this [plaque]? We want people to see it. When they walk in here, right?” Tolbert said. “I mean, all the greats — Tim Kawakami, Marcus Thompson, Bruce Jenkins, Scott Ostler — they’re gonna be in here, and when they’re taking a whizz they’re going to be looking right at me.”
He cheerfully expressed some hope that thinking about him might impair bathroom-goers from being able to urinate at all.
“It’d be great if there was a picture,” he said. “Talk about stage fright. They probably wouldn’t be able to go at that point.”
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