Lil Wayne Calls Kobe Bryant His Inspiration In Music, Life

'I believe he's the greatest player to touch a basketball,' Wayne says of the basketball great.

Lil Wayne is a known sports nut, and with this year’s NBA playoffs in full swing, the Cash Money Billionaire is in all his glory.

Weezy’s favorite team are the L.A. Lakers and his favorite player is, of course, the great Kobe Bryant. When Tunechi attended the Lakers’ home game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, he told the L.A. Times that he draws a great deal of inspiration from #24.

“He’s inspired not only songs, but he’s inspired me in life in general, just the way he attacks things, the way he never backs down, the way he fights through injury,” said Tha Carter IV MC. “Not only [does] he fight through injury, and not only do he play through injury, he excel through injury. I take those type of things and I just apply them to my everyday life.”

This season alone the basketball megastar has excelled on the court despite suffering with a broken nose and a torn ligament in his right wrist. On Thursday morning (May 10), Bryant missed practice because of gastroenteritis, but Laker coach Mike Brown believes the star will fight through his stomach pains and still play in tonight’s playoff game.

Though Michael Jordan is widely recognized as the best to ever play the game, Wayne’s vote goes to Bryant. “I believe he’s the greatest player to touch a basketball,” he said.

And just as the NBA is looking to crown a 2012 championship team, MTV’s RapFix blog has been looking to crown the top rap crew in the 2012 Hip-Hop Playoffs. Will Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group be able to claim the #1 spot? Or will Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music win it all? Voting is open now, so head over to Rapfix to rep for your favorite crew!

Do you agree with Lil Wayne, is Kobe Bryant the greatest basketball player? Tell us in the comments!

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