While LeBron James Suffered Defeat, Alex Rodriguez Scored a Big Win by Bumping Into Floyd Mayweather and Kyrie Irving While Watching the NBA Icon Live

Published 05/23/2023, 9:50 AM EDT

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After a successful 22-season career in baseball, Alex Rodriguez is now stepping on the hard court. Businessman extraordinaire, not only is the former Yankee the CEO of A-Rod Corp, but he is also part owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Being a basketball fan, A-Rod doesn’t usually miss out on his team’s games. In fact, he is also often spotted at other stadiums. The latest one was Crypto.com Arena for the much-awaited match-up between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets.

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Rodriguez’s family or colleagues, even the occasional T-Wolves member, often join him courtside. At yesterday’s Nuggets’ sweep of the Lakers, A-Rod met yet another NBA friend as well as a boxing legend.

Alex Rodriguez chats courtside with Kyrie Irving and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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NBA games often host celebrities from different fields and this one was no different. From Vin Diesel to Kris Jenner and Kyrie Irving to Floyd Mayweather, the previously Staples Center saw many popular names on the guest list. Alex Rodriguez had a chat with the latter two and seemed to enjoy the conversation.

In a clip shared by Sports Center, A-Rod can be seen laughing with Irving as they discuss something. The two then part ways with a one-handed hug and a handshake as Rodriguez leaves and Irving sits back down in his seat. The official Instagram page for the NBA also shared a picture of the former Yankee posing with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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The celebrities attended what fans called an embarrassing loss as the Nuggets swept the Lakers. LeBron James received some heat from fans as his team lost; interestingly, he has played with Irving in Cleveland before. Notably, some trade rumors about Irving have been going around that involve the point guard joining the Lakers as well as James. But these two players are not the only ones with an interesting connection.

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A-Rod and Floyd Mayweather Jr. share a unique connection

The former Yankee’s PED usage past and the former boxer’s many disputes, from domestic violence to defamation, have often made headlines. Rodriguez is widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Mayweather Jr. retired with an undefeated record and 15 world championships. At the same time, both have controversial pasts that have tainted their names.

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As such, these two players are often added to lists that detail unlikable and hated sports personalities of all time. In fact, Mayweather Jr. topped a recent list that also included names like LeBron James, Mike Tyson, and even Tom Brady.

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