The Phoenix Suns have posted a winning record in only one of their past six seasons, but an injection of young talent over the last few years has fans’ spirits soaring high over the desert. Last season, Devin Booker flashed moments of brilliance as a rookie; and the addition of Dragan Bender, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, plus subsequent selections Marquese Chriss and Tyler Ulis, will place the Suns’ millennial movement on full display in October.
Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, at 26, can consider himself a senior citizen compared to all the young guys now below him in Phoenix; and because of it, he’s become a de facto leader as he enters his sixth NBA season.
Bledsoe appears to wasting no time assuming a position of leadership.
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Just days after the Draft, Bledsoe not only gathered many of his young teammates for a team bonding and workout week in San Diego, he even paid for some of them with less generous contracts to fly out so they could participate.
Via both Bledsoe’s and Suns strength and conditioning coach Mike Elliot’s social media accounts, it appears the Suns have already climbed a mountain, taken spin classes and done yoga on the beach together. They’ve even mixed in a little paintball.
We can’t calculate the cost of flying several teammates to the West Coast, so big ups to Bledsoe for taking the team workouts so seriously.