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Phoenix Suns rookie Alex Len: 'Rehab is going well'

Alex Len (left) models the new Phoenix Suns home uniforms along with fellow rookie Archie Goodwin. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports)

Modeling the Suns' new home white uniform, his No. 21 proudly displayed in black, Alex Len looks like he's ready to play.

Well, almost ready to play.

Len, whom the Suns drafted with the fifth overall pick in June, is one month removed from surgery on his right ankle.

The procedure, according to the Suns, was a precautionary measure, coming two months after he had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his other ankle.

"The (right) ankle is feeling great," Len said. "I've got like two more weeks of rehab; and then after two weeks, I'm going to start running and getting in shape.

"Rehab is going well. The main thing I don't have is any pain, so that's great."

The 7-foot-1 center out of Maryland had been in a walking boot, but it was absent Thursday night as he joined teammates Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler, Archie Goodwin and P.J. Tucker in helping the Suns reveal their new uniforms at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

For a big man, having two foot surgeries in less than three months may be cause for concern, but not for Len.

"The doctors tell me…everything is going well, so I have nothing to worry about," he said. "I know we have a great training staff. I believe in them. I trust them. I know they're going to take care of me."

Despite all the time in the operating room, Len, who averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in his final college season, is on target to be ready by the start of training camp, something he's remained steadfast on since his pre-draft visit to Phoenix.

"I know it's going to be hard for me to start because I missed all the summer with my ankles," he said. "But I know I'm going to bring 150 percent of just effort. I'm going to dive for every loose ball. I'm going to try to earn my minutes by being aggressive and just hungry for the game."

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School: Syracuse University, '96

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: December 1, 1999

Favorite sports memory: Game 7, 2001 World Series

Least-favorite sports memory: Game 1, 1988 World Series

Favorite all-time athlete(s): Larry Bird, Don Mattingly

Favorite sports movies: Hoosiers, Field of Dreams

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