I was getting ready to go into the Wizards locker room when I was told Alex Ovechkin would meet LeBron James in the other direction, and so I switched directions too. Because the Wizards will win more games and have more feel-good moments, but it's a pretty rare thing to watch two of the greatest athletes in the world meet for the first time.
So we all stood in the hallway: Ted Leonsis, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, a bunch of LeBron's people, a few other media folks. The entire Cavs team came through, with some, like Zydrunas Ilgauskas, stopping to chat with Ovechkin. The hockey star and LeBron's manager, Maverick Carter, talked about cars (LeBron has 12), and speed limits, and training regimens, and Verizon Center food (Ovechkin had two orders of nachos). Carter praised Ovechkin's hot stick celebration; "I do like NBA," Ovechkin joked.
Then we all went into the Cavs locker room. I guess I'll just post the dialog, though there will be video out there at some point.
LeBron: What's going on sir, what's going on?
Leonsis: I'm Ted Leonsis, nice to see you. This is Alex Ovechkin.
LeBron: What's up Prime Time? What's going on, man?
Leonsis: This is Nicklas Backstrom.
LeBron: Aight, how you doing, good.
Leonsis: Nicklas is a young star in the league, and [Ovechkin] the MVP.
Maverick: He did the hottest celebration in hockey, the hot stick.
LeBron: Yeah. He's a bad boy. God....I don't know how you guys do that [stuff], sliding on ice and still hit the [dang] puck? Whooo.
Leonsis: Ever been to a game?
LeBron: Nah, I aint' never been to one. I heard they're amazing, though, I heard they're amazing.
Leonsis: I'll have to take you to a playoff game sometime.
Leonsis: Alex is gonna give you a jersey.
LeBron: I feel bad, I feel bad.
Leonsis: No, you can send him one.
LeBron: Ok. I feel like [a jerk] now. I ain't got nothing to give. I like this. I see. Appreciate it.
Someone suggested that LeBron hand over his white jacket to Alex. LeBron seemed to consider the idea. Then they all posed for photos, and walked out, talking to each other.
This wasn't a bad assignment at all for sure. Thanks, Dan!
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