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His mother Tatyana won two Olympic gold medals in basketball for Team Russia, so Alex Ovechkin has always had a love for the sport. He’s gone to Dynamo basketball games. He’s been featured playing basketball (shirtless, of course) with his friends in his DVD. He’s even shot around with BFF Nicky Backstrom during one of Bruce Boudreau’s press conferences.

On Wednesday night, on his day off, Ovechkin took fiancee Maria Kirilenko and his new best bud in the whole wide world, Evgeny Kuznetsov, to the Wizards/Suns game at Verizon Center.

It appears they had fun.

They met everybody’s favorite giant (sorry, Andre), Gheorghe Mureșan.


They took selfies.

Ovechkin chanted a bit, yelling “defense.”

Then Ted Leonsis came over and made Kuzya change seats with him. Somehow, these are significantly better seats.

The Wizards lost, but here’s the gang posing with Uncle Ted and rapper Wale.

Finally, here’s an outtake photo from Zach Leonsis.

What have we learned? When Ovechkin and Kuznetsov hang out together, they can make anything more interesting — even a Wizards loss. They need a reality TV show or something.

  • CSA

    LoL at the last pic with Muresan.

  • Clint Petty

    What have we learned? Maria is a total babe.

    Well, I guess relearned

  • Shmoo

    Seriously, does Wale have a cot outside the Wizards locker room and a back office closet full of clown clothes? When is he not next to Teddy?

  • Adam

    Haha awesome Muresan! I met him at the Shirlington 7-11

  • Jesse Morgan

    Note to self: Not lil’ jon

  • Shaun Phillips

    Is that Kessel over Kuzya’s right elbow?

  • billy

    Ovechkin demanding defense? There’s a joke in there somewhere, I think.

  • Owen Johnson

    Defense? In the NBA? NEVER!!!

  • How great is that guy? I loved going to Bullets games at USAir Arena and watching him, Brent Price, and Chris Webber ball.

  • Eric Schulz

    “It appears they had fun.”
    Well, I guess they aren’t Wizards fans then. Zing!

  • SamWow Carroll

    I get so cised for big Gheorghe

  • SamWow Carroll

    Muresan loves soft shell crabs, in case you ever need a conversation starter with him. He’s a really nice guy.

  • Eileen Dailey Lucas

    Where is Kuznetsov’s wife? Is she still in Russia? We never see her…..

  • Bryan S.

    Gheorghe is the BEST! He’s down by the Wizards tunnel most games (section 103) and is always happy to take pictures and sign for fans. My favorite part is the way he talks to everyone like they’re his best friend. The first time I met him he hung out with my brother-in-law and I for a whole quarter and just shot the breeze like he knew us forever.

  • tom

    shes totally average