Warriors unveil honorary urinal at new arena for Tom Tolbert
Tom Tolbert once joked about wanting a statue somewhere at the Golden State Warriors’ new arena in San Francisco. While the Warriors denied the former Warriors player such an esteemed honor, the team did find a way to pay tribute to him, in a manner of speaking, at Chase Center.
The Warriors of course are moving out of Oracle Arena and will set up shop in its new $1 billion palace starting with the 2019-20 NBA season. Tolbert played with the Warriors for three seasons from 1989-1992 and served as the team’s color commentator on radio broadcasts from 2012-2016.
Given a statue was perhaps a bit much, the Warriors instead unveiled … a Tom Tolbert Urinal in the media restroom.
Former @warriors player @byronjr23 took a tour of Chase Center today.— Chase Center (@ChaseCenter) June 18, 2019
After jokingly asking for a statue in his honor on the premises of the soon-to-be Warriors’ new home, he was “honored” with a ceremonial first flush in Chase Center’s media restroom: https://t.co/PrCnuLUNsi pic.twitter.com/6Q2v8F3H85
Tolbert was left humbled, so to speak, by the honorary urinal, and he definitely enjoyed making light of the situation.
“I’ve got to tell you, it’s quite an honor. Ever since I was a little kid, I never dreamed of playing in the NBA, that dream was too big for me, but to have my own urinal, wow,” said Tolbert, via a press release on Chase Center’s official site. “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.
“Where are we going to put this [plaque]? We want people to see it. When they walk in here, right? 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.” Tolbert added. “It’d be great if there was a picture. Talk about stage fright. They probably wouldn’t be able to go at that point.
“Like a lot of people have said: When you urinate, you think Tom Tolbert. That will never be more true than right here in the media restroom.”
Yes, you read that right. #Warriorshttps://t.co/bVrDy9xOSF— Warriors Nation (@WarriorNationCP) June 19, 2019
Tolbert took to Twitter as well to express his gratitude to the Warriors organization for the honorary urinal and accompanying plaque.
I’m humbled https://t.co/FO9r8V8PXE— Tom Tolbert (@byronjr23) June 19, 2019