T.I. briefly joined power forward Josh Smith of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks in the video to Grand Hustle artist Young Dro’s “Freeze Me” video in 2010. Now Tip will connect with the rest of the Atlanta Hawks when his hometown team faces off against their Southwest Division rivals, the 2011-12 NBA Champions, the Miami Heat. T.I.

“T.I. will join longtime SportSouth commentator Bob Rathbun and former Atlanta Hawk Duane Ferrell as contributing sports analyst,” Fox announced via written statement. “During his debut, T.I. will participate in live game day coverage on SportSouth during the first two quarters of the Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat game airing at 7:30 p.m.”

Tip will also be available to media members before the broadcast from 6:45 pm until 7:00 pm. The Hawks appearance adds to T.I.’s growing list of publicity appearances before his Trouble Man album drops on December 18. As for the Hawks, they currently trail the Heat by one game in what should be a relatively weak Southwest Division this year.

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