HoopsHype Alex Len rumors


January 16, 2014 Updates

“What I’m mad about is just that it was 1-on-5. If somebody would have got in the middle it wouldn’t have escalated that much.” “…I’m very frustrated…but it’s basketball, you know?” beyondthebuzzer.com

“I went up for the ball,” Len said. “I didn’t mean to hit him in the face. Hard foul. I wanted to block him but I was a little late so I was about to foul him. But I didn’t mean to hit him in the face. I knew he was going to do that (retaliate) because I knocked him down on the floor. He had to get back. I respect that.” On replay, it seems clear that Len was not aiming for Young’s head because he is looking up at the arena ceiling prior to bringing his arms down. Arizona Republic

January 15, 2014 Updates

Nick Young lost his mind in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Wednesday game against the Phoenix Suns. First, he drew a hard foul from Suns center Alex Len on this drive to the basket. Young retaliated with a shove against Len. From there, things escalated and Young threw a punch at Suns point guard Goran Dragic. After an extensive video review, Young and Len were both ejected from the game. Young will likely see a fine and could even get suspended for the punch of Dragic. For The Win

January 2, 2014 Updates

Suns rookie center Alex Len got the best jump of anyone Wednesday on a happier and healthier new year. For the first time since a brief, failed November comeback, Len practiced with the Suns on the first day of 2014 and felt no discomfort in the left ankle that had limited him since the start of the season. “I was just excited to get out there,” Len said. “Happy New Year, baby. I’ve got to start 2014 with a new page. I’ve been waiting for this feeling for a long time.” Arizona Republic

November 11, 2013 Updates

Len opened the season as the backup center for the first two games but has not played since, hoping that another week of sitting out practices and games will allow the soreness in his left ankle to completely subside. “It was pretty bad after the Utah game (on Nov. 1) and then it didn’t get any better,” said Len, who was in street clothes Sunday. “It’s frustrating, but it’s something that I’ve got to do. I’ll take a little setback and come back stronger than I was before. Before, I would play a couple games and it would get so bad and worse that I would have to sit out a couple games. So we decided to just let it heal and then come back and play the rest of the season.” Arizona Republic

November 4, 2013 Updates
September 27, 2013 Updates

How are you feeling physically? Alex Len: I'm feeling good. I've started playing. I've been playing for two days already, playing pick-up games. My ankles are feeling good and I'm ready for training camp so I'm looking forward to it. Q: Are you back to 100% and totally cleared to play? Alex Len: Not 100% yet. When I play pick-up games, I start every game but they pull me off to the side after a couple minutes because they don't want me to overdo it before the season, you know? I haven't played for about 5 months so I'm out of shape. Training camp is going to be a lot of running just to get in shape, get my wind back. Bright Side of the Sun

September 22, 2013 Updates
September 12, 2013 Updates

Alex Len: It's go time! #GoSuns pic.twitter.com/86aXncuboU Twitter @alexlen

August 29, 2013 Updates

Paul Coro: The #Suns also signed first-round draft pick Alex Len, who has been working out at US Airways Center for weeks. Twitter @paulcoro

August 22, 2013 Updates
August 17, 2013 Updates

Len, 20, has been out of the boot for a week and is on schedule to be ready to participate when Suns training camp opens in Flagstaff in late September. He lost weight after his surgery but has gained back 10 pounds during his rehabilitation work in the past month. “I’ve got two more weeks of rehab and then I’ll be back about 85-90 percent,” Len said. “I’ll be back for training camp and be ready for the season. The ankle’s feeling great. I have no pain.” Arizona Republic

August 6, 2013 Updates

Len arrived in College Park, Md., not knowing the language or culture of America, let alone an American. Essence Townsend changed all that, forming the Twin Towers of a different sort when the 6-foot-7 center from the women’s team and New Jersey met the 7-1 center from the men’s team and Ukraine. It began innocently enough at an ice cream social for basketball players to start the 2011-12 school year. Townsend, a junior then, was just being social when she introduced herself to Len, yelling as people often do so that a foreigner can understand English. A teammate told her, “That’s going to be your future man,” and she got mad. Len friended her on Facebook. They high-fived in hallways. They rebounded for each other. “One day, I guess he finally got the courage to ask me to come hang out,” she said. Arizona Republic

Len came to love Boston Market, Chipotle and Townsend, but not in that order. Her world rounded out, too, eating his mother’s Russian cooking on her visits and saying “poka” in departures. “She liked Alex for who he was and what he’s about before he was a NBA player,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “Alex doesn’t like school, but she rode him pretty hard on that. She’s been a really good friend to Alex and taught him a lot.” Arizona Republic

August 4, 2013 Updates
July 13, 2013 Updates

While currently recovering from a left ankle surgery that had him in a boot, Alex Len’s routine medical exam showed the Phoenix Suns’ medical staff the “very beginnings” of a stress fracture in the center’s right ankle. The team announced surgery was performed Monday. Len should be able to return by the beginning of the season, the team said. “As a precautionary measure, our medical staff determined that it would be prudent to perform surgery on Alex Len’s right ankle at this time,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby in a press release. “That surgery was successfully completed this morning. As part of a routine evaluation, our medical team identified the very beginnings of a stress fracture in Alex’s right ankle even though Alex was entirely asymptomatic. We expect him to be available to begin the season.” Valley of the Suns

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