Where Are They Now?
Posted: June 4, 2003
The participants of the memorable run to the 1993 NBA Finals will forever be etched in the annals of Phoenix Suns history. Many of the players from that team have remained in or returned to the Valley of the Sun and even work in the organization today. Find out what your favorite player has been up to since that historical season 10 years ago.
Paul Westphal, Head Coach
Paul Westphal was replaced by Cotton Fitzsimmons during the 1995-96 season after amassing a 191-88 overall record in three-plus seasons as Suns head coach. Westphal went on to coach the Seattle SuperSonics for two-plus seasons and is currently the head coach for Pepperdine University.
Charles Barkley, Forward
Charles Barkley was traded to Houston after the 1995-96 season, where he played four more seasons before retiring. The “Round Mound of Rebound” just finished up his third season as a member of the Turner Sports team, where he serves as a studio analyst for the NBA on TNT broadcasts.
Kevin Johnson, Guard Kevin Johnson retired for good after making a brief comeback for the 2000 playoffs. KJ finished his 12-year career as the Suns’ all-time playoff leader in games played, points, assists, steals and field goals. The Ring of Honor member did some broadcasting for NBC after retirement but has devoted much of his time since to working with St. HOPE Corp (www.sthope.org), his non-profit community development corporation designed to revitalize inner-city communities in his native Sacramento. He is also a prominent public speaker on economic development and public policy issues.
Dan Majerle, Guard
Dan Majerle returned to Phoenix to finish off his NBA career as a Sun in 2001-02 after stints in Cleveland and Miami. Last season Thunder Dan became the ninth inductee into the Suns’ prestigious Ring of Honor. He did some color commentary for TNT during the 2003 NBA Playoffs and has a position within the Suns’ organization whenever he is ready, according to Suns Chairman Jerry Colangelo.
Richard Dumas, Forward
Richard Dumas last played in the NBA with Philadelphia in 1996 and has since spent his time playing with minor league teams and overseas clubs. He was most recently released by the Westchester Wildfire of the USBL in May.
Danny Ainge, Guard
Playing two more seasons in Phoenix before finishing his 13-year playing career in 1994, Danny Ainge moved to the bench as the Suns' head coach in 1996 and directed the club to a 136-60 record from 1996-99. Upon stepping down midway through the '99-00 season, Ainge served as a color analyst for TNT up until last month when he accepted the position of executive director of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics.
Tom Chambers, Forward
Tom Chambers was not re-signed by the Suns following the 1993 playoffs but played two seasons in Utah before finishing up his playing career as a role player in Charlotte and Philadelphia. Upon his retirement in November 1997, Chambers, who made NBA history when the Suns signed him as the league’s first unrestricted free agent, returned to the Suns' organization as a TV analyst and community relations representative.
Oliver Miller, Center
After leaving the Suns after the 1993-94 season, Miller played for Detroit, Toronto, Dallas and Sacramento before rejoining the Suns in 1999-2000. Since then the "Big O" has played ball in the CBA, ABA, USBL and was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Most recent reports had him playing for a club in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Cedric Ceballos, Forward
Cedric Ceballos was traded to the Lakers after the 1993-94 season, but returned for two more seasons in a Suns uniform from ‘96-98, before going on to play with the Mavs, Heat and Pistons. More recently, "Ice" has done TV and radio work for Phoenix Mercury broadcasts and has also appeared in a number of television shows, including The Jamie Foxx Show in 2000.
Mark West, Center
After splitting five seasons between four teams from 1994-99, Big Daddy returned to Phoenix and retired as a Sun in 2000, ending a 17-year NBA career. He has since moved into the organization's front office and is currently wrapping up his second year as the team's assistant general manager.
Frank Johnson, Guard
Frank Johnson has remained a part of the Suns' organization since his retirement in 1994, working in the club's community relations department and as an assistant coach for three-plus years. “Fourth Quarter Frank” took over the head coaching duties mid-way through the 2001-02 season and guided the Suns back to the playoffs in '02-03, his first full season at the helm.
Negele Knight, Guard
Negele Knight was traded early in the 1993-94 season and went on to play for San Antonio, Portland, Detroit and Toronto, as well as overseas in Europe. More recently, Knight played for the Kansas City Knights of the ABA and currently resides in Phoenix.
Tim Kempton, Center
After being waived by the Suns in January of 1994, Tim Kempton went on to play five more NBA seasons for six teams. Kempton was part owner of the Phoenix Eclipse from the ABA in 2001-02 and has done TV work for ASU basketball. Currently, he does radio broadcasting for the Phoenix Mercury and community relations work for the Suns, in addition to work in the real estate business.