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April 2, 2015 Updates

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. NBA.com

March 3, 2015 Updates

NBA Communications: PHX's Len Fined $20K, MIA's Whiteside Fined $15K for incident on March 2. Link: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/originals/2015/03/03/bbops-len-whiteside-ejections-030215-pr.nba/ Twitter

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.” Palm Beach Post

March 2, 2015 Updates
February 21, 2015 Updates

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." USA Today Sports

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." USA Today Sports

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." USA Today Sports

February 6, 2015 Updates

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 Twitter @paulcoro

January 1, 2015 Updates
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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." Arizona Republic

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