BIRTH NAME: Anthony Lamar Tolliver
BIRTHDAY: June 1st, 1985
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Gemini
Tolliver played 4 years of college basketball at Creighton. He was one of four players from his Kickapoo High School team to play Division I basketball.
Tolliver grew up with six sisters. Yep, Anthony is the only boy of the family.
Tolliver’s mother was a teacher for 31 years.
While with the Pistons, Tolliver discussed how he spent his NBA money as a rookie:
"I put my first pro paycheck in the bank and let it sit there. During my rookie season the only thing I bought was a Chrysler 300."
Not All About Basketball Nets
For the past few years, Tolliver has pledged to support and help send nets to save lives.
‘Nothing But Nets’ is a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria.
Both Tolliver and Steve Blake joined the ‘Nothing But Nets’ campaign earlier this year and hope to raise awareness and funds, as well as encourage fans, to help protect refugees and their families from malaria.
Tolliver pledged to donate and help out the ‘Nothing But Nets’ organization back in 2016. He wrote:
“To me, it is inexcusable to accept that depending on the zip code you were born in, or the country you live in, your destiny is already pre-determined by the level of access you have to health care. I serve as a Nothing But Nets ambassador because it shouldn’t matter where you are born — no child should die from a mosquito bite. I know that even with just a little help, I can help kids across the globe with an opportunity to live another day and have another birthday just by sending a bed net and protecting them from malaria.
Imagine that — something as simple as sending a bed net can protect a child from a deadly, but preventable disease.”
All The Love For Portland
Tolliver is happy to be in Rip City:
“Free agency was a bit of a whirlwind. I was really looking for an opportunity to go to a team where I was valued and wanted. They made that very clear. I haven’t had free agency go this quickly in my entire career. But I couldn’t really pass up the opportunity to play for a contender and play with guys like Dame and CJ and there are a lot of great players on this team.
“And also, kind of watching the playoffs last year, how they got double-teamed a lot and that’s literally how guys like myself can excel.”
^^^ Tolliver told the media at his introductory press conference.
In 2011, Tolliver married Jessica Svoboda. They met at Creighton University, during their freshman orientation. The couple has two kids together.
Jonah Ballow, a reporter of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011, sat down with Tolliver for the ‘Wolves Hot Seat.’ Tolliver answered 10 rapid-fire questions, including the biggest change in his life since his proposal to his longtime girlfriend:
“I spent a lot of money,” Tolliver said with a big smile.
Watch the throwback video to hear more from a younger Tolliver: