For roughly 30 minutes after Tuesday's practice at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix, Suns center Alex Len used a unique approach to improve his catching ability. Instead of accepting entry passes into the post or lobs at the rim, he was receiving pigskin bullets shot out of a football-throwing machine that he purchased himself on eBay.
“I was just watching videos on the internet of wide receivers catching the balls,” Len said. “I thought it was a good idea to work on my hands and do something different.”
Shortly thereafter, Len bought the machine and a number of footballs, which give him a different way to attack a basic big man fundamental.
“Just to have fun and switch it up a little bit after practice,” Len said. “I just mess around with it.”