You’ve seen us post plenty of pictures of former Wildcats/current Phoenix Suns bonding together in the offseason. The workouts and activities aren’t mandated by the organization, they were put together and funded by Eric Bledsoe. It’s one of the many signs of Bledsoe’s transformation into a veteran leader.
After missing most of last season with a knee injury, Bledsoe has not had the typical road to recovery. Instead of focusing exclusively on physically preparing himself for the next season, he’s taken steps to become a more vocal leader within the organization. Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic writes:
“I remember having a conversation with him,” said Mike Elliott, the Suns’ strength and conditioning coach. “He said, ‘I want to have success here, l want to live here and have this be my home. I want to bring this franchise back to what it used to be.‘
“I don’t know that I’ve been more proud of a player that we’ve had when it comes to development and a professional changing of habits. We’ve had a lot of guys who have done that over the years, but this has been as dramatic (a change) as I’ve seen.”
For Bledsoe, the little things are making a big difference. Eating healthier and sleeping later have helped him physically. Off the court, he’s thrust himself into the Phoenix community with impromptu action. He’s doing everything he can to be his best.
“You‘ve got to be committed to the process of where you want to be,” he said. “I’m dedicated to putting the work in.”