Hear what Magic Johnson said about Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

All the stars were at the Washington Commanders NFL season opener yesterday. John Riggins, Champ Bailey, Robert Griffin III, Billy Kilmer, Sonny Jurgensen were there. So was Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who typically attends the season openers at FedEx Field annually.

Ovechkin usually sports a burgundy Redskins Kirk Cousins jersey. After all he was another number eight too. Yesterday he had a black tee with an X on it along with a Commanders ball cap. His son Sergei, aka Ovi Jr., was sporting a Commanders Terry McLaurin jersey. The two were throwing the football on the field pregame.

Another star that was there happens to be another co owner in the Commanders. That is Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Give him, Josh Harris, and the others credit. They were the reason the atmosphere in that stadium was the best it’s been in two decades.

Johnson spent the game in the owner’s box alongside NBA stars Kevin Durant (a DMV native and a Redskins fan) and Joel Embiid. But he also took a pic with Ovechkin and spoke on the great eight on social media.

“One of the greatest hockey goal scorers of all time,” said Johnson.

Also in the picture is Ovi Jr. and fellow Commanders minority owner Mark Ein.

Ovechkin likes basketball too. That comes from his mother who was once an Olympic basketball athlete for Russia. His favorite NBA player all time is Michael Jordan. But after Magic Johnson’s comment, I don’t see how he isn’t in Ovi’s top five at this point.

What Magic Johnson said about Alex Ovechkin is just another example of greatness respecting greatness. While Johnson isn’t Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, he’s a winner in his own way.

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Johnson in total has won 14 total championships in his career. Six as a player and eight as an owner. Real recognizes real.