Many readers have reached out via email, Twitter and Facebook with questions about the status of Bob Fitzgerald. I don’t have much to report beyond what was announced when Fitzgerald starting missing games: he is currently dealing with a family health matter. However, based on the amount of people wondering about Fitzgerald’s whereabouts, the word probably didn’t get out to everyone.
Fitzgerald missed several Golden State Warriors games in a row, which left Tim Roye and Jim Barnett doing a TV/radio simulcast a la the late Chick Hearn. Fitzgerald was back on the television side on Feb. 12 when the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets, but when the Warriors came back from the break and played in Utah, Roye was with Barnett on CSN Bay Area’s broadcast while Ted Robinson (who’s battling Dave Flemming for the title of the hardest working, most versatile announcer in the Bay Area) called the game on KNBR.
Fitzgerald has missed some noon-to-3 shows on KNBR as well, with Kevin Lynch filling in for the most part (I don’t listen every day, so I’m not completely sure how many shows Fitz has missed or if Lynch has filled in each time … sorry). Fitzgerald hosted with Rod Brooks today and yesterday — I caught the end of yesterday’s show when they talked about kids getting high off Axe Body Spray. Take that, people who say you can’t learn anything from sports talk radio!
My understanding is that Fitzgerald will call the rest of the home games (including tonight’s game against the Spurs), but he’ll miss the Warriors’ upcoming five-game road trip. The Warriors only have six road games after Mar. 2: a three-games-in-four-days stretch at Houston, New Orleans and San Antonio from Mar. 17-20, then single-game trips to Phoenix, Los Angeles and Portland in April.