Phoenix Suns rookie, Alex Len is the only Ukrainian on an NBA roster and it seems he has not forgotten his roots. The 20-year old center has sported a #prayforukraine message on his shoes as his country of birth goes through a period of political turmoil.
Len left Ukraine when he was 18 to play college basketball for the University of Maryland but he still remembers his home whilst he is in America. The seven footer said that he has been watching Russian news while he hopes for a peaceful end to the troubles in Ukraine.
Len told the Arizona Republic: “If you watch American news, they say one thing. If you watch Ukrainian news, they say another thing. In my home, I have a Russian channel and they say a totally different thing. It’s politics, so I don’t know what’s really going on. I pray for Ukraine. I want peace.”
The situation in the eastern European country revolve around their ties with Russia. Some people want to be closer to Moscow politically whilst the European Union and other people in the country disagree which is causing a rift in the region.
Len has not played much in his rookie year mainly due to a persisting ankle injury. However the Ukrainian is due to play tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder where his shoes will be on full display.