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Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
The new Ukrainian basketball federation president Mikhail Brodskiy confirmed that Evgen Murzin is going to be the new coach of the national team for the upcoming Eurobasket and the big bet now is called Alex Len. The new president is trying to lure the center of the Phoenix Suns and make him the new star of the team in the post coach Fratello era.
Paul Coro: In one week, Alex Len will represent the Suns at the draft lottery. He was the fifth pick two years ago. http://t.co/YM4yB8Oi8J
Phoenix Suns center Alex Len today underwent successful surgery to repair his broken nose. He is expected to be sidelined at least a week and will be re-evaluated next week.
Before ruling on his and Len’s altercation, the NBA likely will talk to both parties for an explanation. Whiteside said his message to the league will be, “I just retaliated. I shouldn’t have retaliated. I should’ve walked away, but when you’re in the heat of the moment– I just came down after a dunk and I guess he felt like my arm hit him in the face or whatever it was and he kinda threw me to the side. We’re a family and everybody came over and backed me up. It was just melee basically… That’s when I retaliated, and I was wrong for that.”
Whiteside got tossed with 4:26 left in the third quarter of the Heat’s 115-98 victory after charging at Len and tackling him under the basket. Len provoked that by grabbing the back of Whiteside’s jersey and shoving him. They had been going at it most of the night, and that was the breaking point. “It was about the fourth or fifth time I dunked on him and I feel like he was really frustrated,” Whiteside said. “I shouldn’t have came back an retaliated the way I did because it really hurt my team… but every day is a learning day for me. But that’s what it was– it was just because I just kept dunking on him.”
And back home, the fighting goes on despite a supposed cease fire in a war Len knew was “getting worse each day.” He chooses no side. “I’m Ukrainian and I won’t go against Russia, too. I’m right in the middle,” Len said. “I just want peace for everybody. I just don’t want people to die.”
He has brought his mother to live with him. His grandparents came for a short time, but the culture change was too much for them, he said, so they returned home. “My grandparents right now are right in the middle of a war zone,” he said. “I tried to get them to stay over here, but you know how old people are. For them it was too big a change.” No one in his family has been hurt in the fighting, Len said, “thank God.”
Alex Len’s grandparents can hear the gunfire from their home in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been in fierce fighting with Ukrainian forces. Local police have abandoned his hometown, leaving gangs to roam the streets and terrorize residents. A half-world away, the 21-year-old center is showing he belongs in the NBA, displaying the skills that led the Phoenix Suns chose him fifth overall in the 2013 draft. “When I play it’s like a different world, just basketball,” he said. “Definitely off the court it’s sad. …Two years ago it was one country. Now all of a sudden people divide, separate themselves, like we’re different.”
Paul Coro: Alex Len just went on crutches to get a 2nd X-ray. If it’s a bad ankle sprain, he’ll stay out through All-Star break. #SunsAtBlazers
The most convincing number attached to Len is the team’s 6-1 reco\rd since he became a starter on Dec. 15, when the only loss came on a Milwaukee banked buzzer-beating 3-pointer. His other numbers are impressive as a starter, considering he averages only 22.7 minutes and still gets 9.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. “He don’t even know how to play yet,” Suns forward P.J. Tucker said. “It’s unreal because he has no ceiling. He could really be one of the best centers in the league. Seriously, at his size with the way he can move, he doesn’t know what he can do yet. He’s just out playing. He plays hard. Everything he’s doing is out of nowhere. I’m excited for him because he’s progressing so fast. I sit and watch him and it’s unreal. He’s a freak.”
“Some NBA players will come [to Eurobasket] others will not, but we don’t have that many NBA players in Ukraine. “We used to have Slava [Viacheslav Kravtsov] in the NBA, who is now playing in China and we have a young player right now, [Phoenix Suns center] Alex Len, who has not yet played for the national team.
Shams Charania: Phoenix also informed center Alex Len — the No. 5 pick in ’13 — that his third-year option has been exercised, league source tells RealGM.
Rookie guard Zoran Dragic remained in Ottawa, resolving a visa issue. Center Alex Len also did not play but he could play in some of this week’s preseason games as he works his way back from a second right pinkie fracture.
Chris Mannix: Suns center Alex Len has a broken pinky finger on his right hand, team says. Len will be reevaluated next week.
Alex Len broke his right pinky finger when it got caught in an opponent’s jersey during his summer league debut Saturday night at Cox Pavilion. He will miss the rest of summer league play and have the finger examined in Phoenix on Monday. Len could not participate in summer league last year after having surgeries on each of his ankles. Because he was not cleared for full basketball activity until training camp last year, this summer was considered vital for the 21-year-old center’s development. Len, 21, had added 10 pounds of strength since the end of his rookie season, in which he averaged 8.6 minutes in 42 appearances.