“He’s my man,” Ovechkin said. “I met him probably four or five years ago, he had a concert in D.C. and we had a picture together. I don’t have his cellphone, but I would love to have it, especially in L.A.”
(Earlier in the interview, Melrose asked Ovechkin who he would call if he lost his wallet in a terrible part of Los Angeles. “Any player on my team,” Ovechkin responded.)
At the Lakers game, Ovechkin took a selfie with Lakers part-owner Jeanie Buss and posed for a photo with tennis great Novak Djokovic and Kobe Bryant.
Bryant gave Ovechkin a pair of signed shoes and a signed jersey with the inscription, “To Alex, one of the all time greats!”
Bryant is apparently giving away signed shoes like candy. Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson received a pair — minus the “all-time great” inscription — earlier in the week.