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LeBron returns the favor, send jersey to Ovechkin

Friday, 05.01.2009 / 2:06 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Semifinals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Alexander Ovechkin got quite the gift on the eve of Saturday's second-round opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), an autographed jersey from LeBron James of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

Earlier this season, Ovechkin met James at the Verizon Center and gave him an autographed jersey, now "The King" has returned the favor.

James wrote: "To Alexander The Great. Keep Up The Good Work. King James," on the jersey's white numbers.

Caps owner Ted Leonsis brought the gift to Ovechkin inside the dressing room at the team's practive facility.

When Ovechkin saw the jersey, he smiled and said: "Niiiiice!"
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