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Ukraine unrest hitting close to home for a Suns' rookie

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His name is Alex Len, he plays for the Phoenix Suns and so far his first year in the league hasn't gone like he'd hoped. A few minor injuries and lack of playing time has taken it's toll on Len.

But when he's not on the court his focus is on his family and friends back in the Ukraine.
    
Len was the fifth overall pick of the Phoenix Suns is last year's NBA draft. But this 20 year old seven footer is experiencing some growing pains in his first year with the team.

Despite those pains Len says the real pain is watching what has happened over in his home country of Ukraine.

"I'm not a politician, I'm not sure what's really going on over there but I just want peace and for everyone body to just love each other, and I don't want like war and stuff I just want a peaceful Ukraine," said Len.
    
This gentle giant is even using his time on the court to send a message to his fellow Ukrainians by writing "pray for Ukraine" on the bottom of his shoes.

Len says its tough watching what's happening 6,000 miles away as his home country is torn in half.

"The western part and the eastern part is kind of different they want different things. The eastern part wants to stay with Russia and the western part wants to be with the European Union, so the country is kind of divided on two sides so you don't know what's really going to happen," he said.
    
Len who grew up in the eastern part of the Ukraine hasn't take a position on whether or not his people should join mother Russia or the European Union. 

The NBA rookie says his position is a position of peace, "I just hope nobody gets hurt and people stay together and don't fight against each other were one country we've got to stay together and stick together," he said.
    
Len says he talks with his friends and family back in the Ukraine regularly and they're doing fine. He hasn't said whether or not he'll be going back home after the season is over.
  

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