Atlanta Hawks announcer Bob Rathbun suffers medical emergency live on-air before game against the Oklahoma City Thunder… with statement later saying play-by-play man is ‘stable’ after ‘dehydration’ issue
Prior to this evening’s game between the Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder, longtime Hawks play-by-play man Bob Rathbun suffered a medical emergency.
Rathbun was on the air alongside color commentator Dominique Wilkins just before tip off, when he slumped back in his chair, dropped the paper he was holding, and seemed to start having convulsions before losing consciousness.
According to a statement obtained by the New York Post, the Atlanta Hawks say Rathbun was suffering from dehydration and is undergoing treatment.
Atlanta Hawks announcer Bob Rathbun (L) suffered a medical emergency live on-air Monday
‘Prior to tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun briefly lost consciousness on the court,’ the statement said.
‘Emergency medical professionals on-site quickly treated Rathbun for dehydration. He is stable, responsive and heading to Emory Midtown for further evaluation.’
Rathbun has been the announcer for the Hawks since 1996 and also calls games for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.
Rathbun, pictured here in 2016, has worked television play-by-play for the Hawks since 1996
The Hawks lost to the Thunder 121-114 thanks to a 35 point night from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
On the court, the Hawks were not able to defeat the Thunder, losing 121-114 at home.
Oklahoma City rode on the backs of point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and his 35 point, six rebound, five assist performance.
Atlanta countered that with a pair of 20+ point performances from two of its guards. Dejounte Murray led the team with 24 points, putting up six rebounds and three assists. Meanwhile, Trey Young contributed 23 points, led the team in assists with ten, and put up three rebounds of his own.
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