Update on Bob Rathbun’s condition from Bally Sports…..
Hawks announcer in ‘stable’ condition after terrifying on-air medical emergency
from Victor Barbosa, with YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com
Atlanta Hawks play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun is in “stable” condition after being hospitalized Monday night following a scary on-air medical emergency where he briefly lost consciousness.
Bally Sports Southeast's statement on Hawks Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Rathbun. pic.twitter.com/0llNTuyThz
— Bally Sports South (@BallySportsSO) December 6, 2022
The 68-year-old has been the Hawks play-by-play man on Bally Sports South since 1996 and serves as the lead voice for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream as well. The incident occurred while Rathbun and color commentator Dominique Wilkins were doing their pregame analysis ahead of Atlanta’s home contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Lauren Jbara subbed in last minute for Rathbun to cover play-by-play duties. The Hawks lost to the Thunder, 121-114.
Thinking of you, @BobRathbunTV.
He is incredibly talented at his job and makes it look easy. Get well soon, Bob. We are sending prayers and hugs your way ?
— Lauren Jbara (@laurenjbara) December 6, 2022
Hawks All-Star point guard Trae Young was among many who posted on social media to express their concerns for Rathbun.
You’re in all our prayers @BobRathbunTV Speedy Recovery???
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) December 6, 2022
Young finished the defeat with a 23-point, 10-assist double-double. The Oklahoma product returned to the team after skipping Friday’s contest following a reported dispute with head coach Nate McMillan.
Atlanta’s next two games are on the road, with a tilt against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night and a battle with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. If Rathbun is able to return to the team for their first game back at home, that would come on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls.
**********Bob Rathbun has called many Raycom/Jefferson Pilot ACC basketball games over the years…He used to a radio man at WSAT and WSTP down in Salisbury, N.C.**********
Bally Sports South issued the following statement on Twitter regarding the episode Tuesday:
“Bally Sports Play-By-Play Broadcaster for the Atlanta Hawks, Bob Rathbun, stayed in Emory Midtown Hospital in Atlanta overnight for observation and further tests. As of this morning, all tests were very favorable, and Bob is in great spirits. Upon completion of the remaining tests, Bob plans to be released from the hospital later today. Bob’s health is of the utmost concern to Bally Sports and the Atlanta Hawks, and he will return to the broadcast booth only after he is well and fully recovered.”