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Hawks Play-By-Play Man Bob Rathbun Doesn't Quite Walk The Walk, But Is Not All Talk

Sunday, January 3, 2010 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 12:07 PM, under , , , ,

Bob Rathbun, the play-by-play man for the Atlanta Hawks is a genuine, great guy. But he almost put himself into hot water the other night during the FOX Sports South telecast of the Cleveland Cavaliers - Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena in Atlanta (GA).

As the Hawks were in the midst of a nine-minute-plus scoreless streak against Cleveland, guard Jamal Crawford went to the line to shoot free throws. Rathbun said on air that if Crawford, an 84.3 percent free-throw shooter, didn't make the shots, he would walk to Cleveland, where the Hawks were to play Wednesday night.

Crawford missed both, and the clip was played on ESPN SportsCenter. After that, Rathbun (who made it to Cleveland on the team charter) started hearing from friends who sent him directions to Cleveland and asked him if he had arrived yet. Rathbun made amends by making a $300 donation (the cost of a plane ticket from Atlanta to Cleveland) to the Hawks' charitable foundation. Upon hearing about that, Crawford matched the donation.

Nice job Bob!

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