By Paul Newberry
POSTED: Apr 29, 2013 7:52 PM ET
ATLANTA (AP) — Center Johan Petro has rejoined the Atlanta Hawks for Game 4 of the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers after witnessing the birth of his first child.
Jacob Petro was born at about 2 p.m. Monday at a hospital in the Miami area. After being assured that his child and wife were doing fine, the new father hopped on a private plane sent by the Hawks owners. He arrived at Philips Arena about two hours before tipoff and will be in the starting lineup as Atlanta attempts to tie the series at two games apiece.
Petro says it's been a "crazy" few days, but he's glad things worked out like they did. The 7-footer was able to travel home after Game 3 and get back in time for the next contest.