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.”
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.