Lil Wayne shows up at NBA game after NY release

Entertainer Lil Wayne smiles before the start of the second half of an NBA basketball game between New Orleans Hornets and the Miami Heat in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

November 6, 2010 2:07:00 PM PDT
Lil Wayne turned up courtside in red baseball cap and long dreadlocks to watch the unbeaten New Orleans Hornets edge the Miami Heat 96-93 Friday night, a day after his release from a New York City jail.

Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter Jr., was freed Thursday after serving eight months in a gun case. Asked how it felt to be back, Wayne told the The Times-Picayune: "Like I never left."

Before his incarceration, the rapper recorded the recently released "I Am Not a Human Being," a top debut on Billboard album charts.

The newspaper said the rapper flew earlier Friday to Yuma County, Ariz., to check in for a three-year stint of unsupervised probation for a drug conviction. Authorities said that case will be transferred to Florida, where the New Orleans native now lives.