Lil Wayne is like family to the Clippers' Chris Paul. (Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Before he was released from Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Lil Wayne got a visit from an NBA player who regards the rap star as a "big brother."
"I just went to make sure my friend was good," the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday after the team's a shootaround at Sleep Train Arena. "I don't really want to talk about what is going on [with Wayne's medical condition]. But as a friend, I just wanted to make sure he was OK."
Wayne was released Monday after being hospitalized for nearly a week, according to a tweet from rapper Mack Maine. The Associated Press reported that the Grammy award winner was hospitalized for a seizure. Paul was among several celebrities, including rappers Drake, Nicki Minaj and Birdman, who visited Wayne.
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Paul and Wayne have been friends for nearly eight years after meeting at the 2005 Final Four in St. Louis. The two exchanged numbers and have been friends since. Their friendship tightened when Paul was drafted fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by Wayne's hometown New Orleans Hornets. Wayne attended a lot of Paul's games in New Orleans before he was traded to the Clippers in 2011.
"I listen to his music. He's my favorite," Paul said. "There are a lot of parallels with sports and stuff like that and his work ethic. He is unbelievable."
The bond hasn't kept Weezy from rooting against Paul when the Clippers play Wayne's beloved Los Angeles Lakers. The Clippers are 3-0 against the Lakers this season, something Paul hasn't been shy about telling his buddy.
"When I always beat the Lakers he is the first person I call," Paul said. Yeah, seriously."
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