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Phoenix Suns star Alex Len saves friend from drowning on holiday

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The Phoenix Suns season may have ended early after they failed to make the NBA Playoffs, but that doesn't mean any of their stars are out of action.

This comes after the Suns' young center Alex Len proved himself to be something of a hero while on holiday.

According to some reports from the Arizona Republic, the Ukrainian big man saved one of his friends from drowning while out in the Dominican Republic.

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During a trip to the Dominican last month, Len played the role of lifeguard after his friend, Jay Johnson, decided to swim in the harsh sea waters despite previous warnings from the Phoenix Suns center.

After jumping into several waves, Johnson was pulled down by the current and struggled to get to safety. That was where Len stepped in.

"I thought I was going to die," Johnson said in a recent interview. "He risked his life for me. Nobody knows how far gone I was."

Despite being a strong swimmer, Len had difficulty rescuing Johnson as the tide continued to knock the two back into the water, further from land. A nearby lifeguard eventually handed Len a rope, and the duo were able to make their way back to safety.

"By the time I got to him, he was halfway passed out," Len revealed. "He couldn’t swim. He wasn’t moving. If I would’ve come a couple minutes later, he probably would’ve drowned."

While Len's actions were nothing short of heroic, the 22-year-old doesn't feel he did anything special, as he was just trying to help a friend in need.

"I didn’t feel like it at the moment," Len said. "I was just trying to help Jay."

To paraphrase the Foo Fighters, there goes our hero.

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