A few months back, Alex Ovechkin presented basketball star LeBron James with a signed Capitals jersey. I saw the clip of this and Ovechkin seemed like a little kid in the presence of greatness, while James, abeit nice and friendly, seemed to play the role of the great player meeting a fan. At least, that’s what I got out of it.
Now, finally, James has sent a signed Cavs jersey to Ovechkin, and Caps owner Ted Leonsis, after giving it to the hockey star, said Ovechkin was like a little kid.
So my question is this: Is LeBron James on a higher level of stardom than Ovechkin? Shouldn’t James have been at least a little giddy meeting the hockey star? Of course Lebron James is the best or second-best basketball player in the world. But Ovechkin is best or second-best hockey player in the world. James is certainly bigger in the US, but Ovechkin has a hockey following in the US, Canada, Russia, the Scandinavian countries, and indeed, throughout the world. James is only 24 years old. It isn’t like he’s a long-time sporting icon like Gordie Howe, Larry Bird, or Willie Mays. And Ovechkin’s only a year younger. Somehow it doesn’t seem right that Ovie should be idol-worshipping someone who’s just on the same level as him.
But this is just my opinion.