Ex-Hornet will analyze game

by Mel Bracht Published: January 12, 2007
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In his seven-year NBA career, Tom Tolbert played for good and bad Charlotte Hornets teams.

As ESPN's analyst for the Washington Wizards-Hornets telecast at 7 tonight from the Ford Center, he likely will see more bad from his former team, temporarily located in Oklahoma City.

Mark Jones will do the play-by-play, and Kara Lawson will be the sideline reporter.

A 6-foot-7 forward from the University of Arizona, Tolbert played for the Hornets in their first season as they struggled to a 20-62 record.

"We were just beaten to death, and it had nothing to do with injuries,” he said.

After stints with Golden State, Orlando and the L.A. Clippers, Tolbert finished his career playing 10 games for the 1994-95 Hornets, which went 50-32 but were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls.

"We had Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson and Mugsy Bogues,” he said. "We were actually a pretty good team.”

This year's Hornets, who started the season with hopes of being a good team, are looking more like an expansion team after injuries to Peja Stojakovic, David West, Chris Paul and Bobby Jackson.

"They have just been ravaged with injuries and Chris Paul is obviously the guy that makes everything go,” Tolbert said. "When you have Paul, you have a chance, because he's one of those guys that can make everybody's job a little bit easier and make everybody a little bit better.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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