The day after the Mavs won the 2011 NBA Championship, the world read about Mark Cuban and his players partying at Club Liv with Lil Wayne and friends. In an excerpt from XXL‘s newest cover story, Weezy talks about the experience: “Here at Miami’s Hit Factory recording studio, where the Young Money rapper is chilling with his crew, everybody cracks up as a camera-phone photo is passed around the room. The picture is of Lil Wayne, who bursts out laughing himself. Taken last night, Sunday, June 12, the picture shows the international rap superstar and Young Money Entertainment owner standing with one hand on his hip and the other around the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy—which had just been won by Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, with whom he happened to be partying in celebration at Club Liv in Miami Beach. ‘We had fun,’ says Wayne of his night with Dirk and Jason Kidd and Jason Terry and team owner Mark Cuban, who brought the trophy to the club. ‘Y’all know I’m a Laker fan. They knocked my Lakers out pretty terribly. So, you know, I’m coming from the old school. I’m old-fashioned. Can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Before the postseason, people ask you, ‘Who you pick?’ I picked the Lakers. When your team loses, they say, ‘Who you pick?’ You pick the team that beat your team. That’s who I’d picked. I had picked Dallas in six. They did that. And like I said, they were in the club last night. We chilled. We had fun with Dirk. We did. We kicked it with Mark. The trophy came around a few times to our section. We took a few pictures with it, you know, all in fun. Everybody just had fun, enjoyed themselves.’”