29th November 2023

The Hawks face off in opposition to the Knicks at Madison Sq. Backyard on Wednesday and the sport will likely be broadcast by ESPN.

In case you hear the ESPN broadcast give ideas and prayers to Bob Rathbun, it is as a result of on Tuesday, the Hawks broadcaster suffered a medical emergency on air. Rathbun was doing the pregame present alongside analyst and Hawks legend Dominque Wilkins when he seemed to be distressed mid-conversation.

He was taken to the again of State Farm Area to be handled by the medical workers earlier than being rushed to the hospital.

Bally Sports activities launched a press release shortly thereafter, confirming that Rathbun “misplaced consciousness” earlier than being taken to Emory Midtown for additional analysis. They mentioned that Rathbun was being handled for dehydration and that he was steady and responsive earlier than being transported for additional analysis.

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The subsequent day, on Wednesday, Bally Sports activities gave one other very encouraging replace, asserting that Rathbun has been launched from the hospital in any case of his checks “had been very favorable” and that Bob was “in nice spirits.”

Hawks gamers like Trae Younger and Bogdan Bogdanovic reached out to Rathbun by way of Twitter, praying for the Hawks’ announcer to get properly quickly.

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As talked about within the Bally Sports activities assertion, Rathbun will return to the printed sales space “solely after he’s properly rested and totally recovered.”

Who’s Bob Rathbun?

Rathbun has served because the Hawks’ play-by-play announcer since 1996. He has additionally served as a play-by-play commentator for ACC faculty basketball and soccer video games for Raycom Sports activities.

Rathbun additionally referred to as video games for the Atlanta Braves and has finished broadcast work for the Baltimore Orioles and the then Washington Bullets. 

Rathbun acquired his begin as a sports activities director in Salisbury, North Carolina in 1973.

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