Casual NBA fans might not remember Anthony Tolliver for his shooting, or for his roles on the long list of teams he’s played for. They might remember that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A few months back, Jeff Sanders rehashed the thunderous dunk by Amare Stoudemire over a retreating Tolliver back in 2010. Tolliver is now a member of the Phoenix Suns.
“A lot of people know me for jumping when I wasn’t supposed to jump,” Tolliver said on Monday, when he was introduced. “But hey, they don’t remember me blocking a couple of other dunks, not by him, but by other guys in that same game. It’s just funny. People still to this day bring that up. I just laugh because it’s all part of the game.”
Tolliver wasn’t lying. Phoenix won that game in the Bay Area 133-131, and the Warriors’ forward finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. Stoudemire finished with 37 points and eight boards on 12-for-15 shooting.
“To tell you the truth, what it shows people around here is that I’m not afraid,” Tolliver said of the big play. “I don’t care who you are, if you’re Amare, LeBron or whoever – not calling them out — but at the end of the day I don’t look at somebody and say I’m not going to jump because you’re this person. I’m going to make the right basketball play.”