Joe Tait resting after double bypass

Joe Tait resting after double bypass

Published Jan. 8, 2011 9:09 a.m. ET

FOX Sports Ohio
January 8, 2010

Cavaliers Hall of Fame radio announcer Joe Tait underwent double by-pass heart surgery and an aortic valve replacement Friday at The Cleveland Clinic.  The surgery was performed by  Dr A. Marc Gillinov. The actual procedure took about an hour and a half.

Tait will be monitored in the cardiac intensive care unit "for a few days," according to a Cavaliers news release. His status will be updated as appropriate.

The statement said: "Joe and the entire Cavaliers organization wish to thank the many fans, broadcasting colleagues and the NBA community around the league that have expressed their well wishes and good thoughts during this difficult and challenging time."

Tait, who fell ill on a preseason road trip, has previously expressed a desire to return to calling games this season. He said last summer that this would be his final season.