Suns’ Alex Len Frustrated With Lack Of Playing Time

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Phoenix Suns center Alex Len knows that this season is critical to proving his long-term viability as an NBA center and a member of the Suns.

But playing time has been scarce for Len, who knows that he needs to take his game to the next level this season.

“I want to be out there and I want to compete,” Len said, according to Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic.

“I put in the work hoping to show my skills on the court. So when you’re not able to help your team it’s frustrating.”

Suns interim coach Jay Triano has found it difficult to balance minutes between Len, Greg Monroe and Tyson Chandler which often times has seen Len’s minutes drastically reduced.

“It’s been hard to get him playing time,” Triano said. “When you have veteran players in front of you sometimes they’re going to demand the playing time. I have to find ways to get Alex in because he has been good and he’s rebounded the ball for us.”

“I’ve tried to win games and I thought the veteran guys would help us do that.”

Len knows that the Suns roster is packed with big men, making it even harder to find minutes.

“We’ve just got too many bigs,” Len stated. “Obviously I want to win for the Phoenix Suns but at the same time when you play you showcase yourself for the other 29 teams. I try not to think about it.”

“I showed this team – and teams around the league – what I can do when I get in there. I rebounded well, I finished around the rim. If coach needs me, I’m here.”