Lil Wayne during the Suns' Game 7 loss to the Mavericks. May 15, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Recording artist Lil Wayne sit court side during the second quarter in game seven of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Sunsat Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Some surprising off-court drama around the NBA Finals comes from rapper Lil Wayne going back and forth on Twitter with Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban. Last week, Lil Wayne called Mavericks’ guard Luka Dončić “a ho” on Twitter, and Cuban responded Monday by quote-tweeting that with some of Lil Wayne’s own lyrics (from “Uproar,” on his 2018 album Tha Carter V), and a photo of the rapper sitting front row (as seen above) to watch the Mavericks beat the Suns 123-90 in Game 7 Sunday:

This then led to quite the escalation from Lil Wayne Wednesday, even if he eventually deleted the tweet. Here’s what he said, via TMZ.

This came after a previous, possibly-related tweet that remains up:

It’s pretty remarkable to see an NBA owner personally involved in a dustup like this, but Cuban has long been willing to make some comments that draw backlash. And it’s funny to see him hit Lil Wayne with his own lyrics.  Still, the really remarkable escalation here wasn’t from Cuban, but from Lil Wayne. Picking this level of graphic fight with an opinionated and often-vocal billionaire who owns a NBA team is certainly a choice. We’ll see if anything more comes of this in the weeks to come.

[TMZ; photo from  Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.