Jun 28, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby , first round draft choice Alex Len , general manager Ryan McDonough , and head coach Jeff Hornacek pose for a photo at a press conference at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns First Round Pick Alex Len Undergoes More Ankle Surgery

The Phoenix Suns used their first round pick, number five overall, to draft Alex Len out of Maryland. The Suns knew about Len’s surgery in early May to support a partial stress fracture in his left ankle. Well now he has had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right ankle. Before having the right ankle surgery, it was said that Len’s recovery time would span somewhere between four and six months. But the Phoenix Suns are keeping optimistic, and strongly believe Len will be ready before the 2013 season goes underway.

Lon Babby, the Suns President of Basketball Oerations said this on the health of the 7-foot-1 center,

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. 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.

His optimism is high, but there will be some pressure not only on Babby, but especially Len to return come the start of the regular season. There will be added pressure on the whole team around that time and there will be critics who may think that this surgery could have waited if it seems like it is going to be detrimental to the team at the beginning of the season.

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