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Rapper T.I. plays broadcast announcer for Hawks-Heat game

11/10/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

T.I.  was in courtside attendance during the first half of Atlanta Hawks 95-89 loss to the Miami Heat – but not as a spectator. The Grammy-winning rapper shared broadcasting duties for the night with Atlanta Hawks’ game announcer Bob Rathbun and analyst Duane Ferrell.
 
Although he didn’t witness the game clinching jumper by Miami Heat’s 2011 MVP LeBron James, T.I. was happy with the Atlanta Hawks’ performance during his broadcasting time when they led 46-42 by the end of first half.
 
“This was a phenomenal opportunity,” stated the Atlanta native T.I, who often attends his hometown team’s games and is active in the community. “I really enjoyed myself. I look forward to the next time and doing an entire game.”
 
However, T.I. credited Bob Rathbun and Duane Ferrell for doing most of the job and taking him through his first broadcasting job, despite having his own reality show “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” with the Mrs. On VH1.
 
“They did all the heavy lifting. I just chimed in here and there,” T.I added. “I have a close relationship, both personally and professionally, with a lot of the guys out there.”
 
When questioned later if besides broadcasting, could we see his involvement with the Atlanta Hawks increase in the future, like hip-hop singer/entertainer Jay-Z who became a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets, T.I. seemed enthusiastic but indicated his desire to takes things slow.
 
“I would love to be a part of the organization in whatever way possible if I can make a significant contribution,” T.I. said. “But there’s no pressure. Baby steps.”
 
T.I. also dropped a hint about his upcoming album “Trouble Man,” in which he tried to “mix it up” by collaborating with Cee Lo Green, Andre 3000 and Pink. The album is due to be released in mid December.
 
“I’m extremely proud of it. I put a lot of work and energy into it,” revealed T.I. “I think it will be the classic album the fans have been wanting me to make…I wanted to raise the bar on what’s considered stellar material.”
 
The entertainer T.I., clad in several cold chains and an old Atlanta Hawks cap covering his head, was being followed around the Philips Arena during broadcasting duties by his camera crew from the reality show.
 
Regarding the Atlanta Hawks’ 2-2 start this season, T.I. was hopeful that the team would overcome their history of postseason disappointments on the back of a new young roster this season.
 
 “This is a new team, a young team. They have a lot of heart, a lot of desire,” said T.I., “a lot of talent that can take them deep in the playoffs.”
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