MacLeod Welcomed Into Ring
Surrounded by his family, players, assistants and friends, former Suns Head Coach John MacLeod was officially inducted into the team's Ring of Honor during a special ceremony on April 18, 2012.
Coverage: Ceremony Video | Photos | Comments on Coach | Artwork of Honor
Right Man, Right Time
The fact that John MacLeod is the Suns' winningest and longest-tenured coach is only part of the reason why he was inducted in the team's Ring of Honor.
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Behind Every Good Coach
Carol MacLeod's second date with John was as his assistant coach for a Suns' exhibition game.
|Images of Honor|
|If a photo is worth a thousand words, we have several hundred thousand words worth of images, documenting the legendary careers of those who make up the Ring of Honor:
|Rewind some of the great moments in Suns history with these video features on the men who reside in the Ring:
Tommy Gun: Tom Chambers Features
|Dusting off our old Fasbreak magazines and searching our web archives, we located some articles recapping the illustrious careers of the Suns' all-time greats:
Nov, 2007: The Ring Leader | Comments on Colangelo
Click on a Ring of Honor member below to learn more about their storied Suns career.
#33 - Alvan Adams
Nicknames: "Oklahoma Kid" and "Double A"
Spent entire 13-year career in a Suns uniform (1975-88)... Undersized 6-9 All-American center for John MacLeod's Oklahoma Sooners... Blessed with uncanny ability to pass... Selected by Suns with fourth overall pick in 1975 draft... NBA Rookie of the Year after helping Suns to first-ever appearance in NBA Finals, versus Dave Cowens-led Boston Celtics... Phoenix's career leader in games played (988), minutes played (27,203), rebounds (6,937) and steals (1,289)... Ranks third in assists (4,102) behind Kevin Johnson and Steve Nash... Suns jersey retired Nov. 9, 1988.
#34 - Charles Barkley
Nicknames: "Sir Charles," "The Chuckster" and "Round Mound of Rebound"
The 6-6 power forward made the most of his size to become one of the most talented and outrageous players ever… Came to Phoenix in the summer of 1992 in a trade with Philadelphia as a four-time First Team All-NBA member and MVP of the 1991 All-Star Game… Led the Suns to the league's best record (62-20) on the way to the 1993 NBA Finals in his first season in Phoenix… Voted as an All-Star starter and named to an All-NBA team in each of his four seasons with the Suns… Joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Karl Malone as the only players in NBA history to amass over 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists… Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history… He was inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor on March 20, 2004.
#24 - Tom Chambers
Nicknames: "TC" and "Tommy Gun"
6-10 forward became first unrestricted free agent in NBA, signing with Phoenix on July 8, 1988... Helped transform Suns into instant contenders, leading club to 27-win turnaround, third biggest in league history at time... Suns advanced to Conference Finals three times and NBA Finals once during Chambers' five seasons in Phoenix... One of Suns most prolific scorers, scored Suns record 60 points versus Seattle on March 24, 1990. Holds club record for points in a season, averaging 27.2 per game in 1989-90... Four-time NBA All-Star, three as a Sun... Inducted into Suns Ring of Honor on April 18, 1999.
Pioneer, innovator, businessman, four-time NBA Executive of the Year, NBA Hall of Famer... Jerry Colangelo's titles and awards are as plentiful as his contributions to the Phoenix Suns and sports in general. Ever since moving to the desert in 1968 to guide the expansion NBA franchise as the youngest general manager in pro sports, Colangelo has used his ambitious, entrepreneurial vision to transform the Downtown Phoenix sports landscape. In addition to serving as the face of an NBA franchise with the fourth-best all-time record, Colangelo also brought both professional hockey and Major League Baseball to the state of Arizona, while leading the charge in the construction of US Airways Center. Colangelo was placed in the Ring of Honor on Nov. 4, 2007.
#6 - Walter Davis
Nicknames: "The Greyhound," "Sweet D" and "Man with the Velvet Touch"
Regarded as best pure shooter in Suns history... Owned Veterans Memorial Coliseum baseline during 11 seasons with Phoenix (1977-88)... 6-6 guard from Dean Smith's North Carolina Tar Heels... Selected by Phoenix with fifth overall pick in 1977 draft... NBA 1978 Rookie of the Year... With uncanny ability to hit last-second shots, became West's premier small forward... Phoenix's all-time leading scorer (15,666)... Ranks among top five in eight other Suns categories... Six-time NBA All-Star... Suns jersey retired April 3, 1994.
Nicknames: "Cotton" and "Whitey"
Twenty-year NBA coaching career included three stints as Suns head coach with a 341-208 record… Retired from coaching sixth on the NBA's all-time victory list with an overall record of 832-775… Became sixth coach in league history to register 800 coaching victories on March 31, 1992… In 1988-89, orchestrated what was at the time the third-biggest turnaround in NBA history in guiding the club to a 55-27 record… Named NBA Coach of the month for April 1989 and 1988-89 NBA Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (1978-79, Kansas City)… Chief color analyst on KTAR Radio and UPN 45, as well as a national television analyst for TNT and NBC… A native of Hannibal, Missouri, was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame, the National Junior College Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame… Passed away on July 24, 2004 and is survived by his wife JoAnn, son Gary, and grandchildren Tim and Kelley.
#42 - Connie Hawkins
Nickname: "The Hawk"
Acrobatic 6-9 forward paved way for high-flyers such as Julius Erving and Michael Jordan... One of New York City's greatest playground legends... 1960 All-American at Brooklyn's Boys High... Left University of Iowa as a freshman... In '62, at age 19, won the American Basketball League's MVP with Pittsburgh Rens... Harlem Globetrotter (1964-66)... Led Pittsburgh Pipers to first-ever ABA title ('67)... Averaged 16.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg in seven seasons with Phoenix, Lakers, Atlanta... Joined Suns after coin flip with Seattle in summer of 1969... All-Star each season in Phoenix... Listed as one of the top 15 players by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar... Elected to Hall of Fame May 11, 1992... Suns jersey retired Nov. 19, 1976.
#7 - Kevin Johnson
Blindingly quick and possessing the ability to shoot or dish off his drives... 6-1 guard acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 25, 1988 in "The Trade" with Mark West, Ty Corbin and draft picks (Dan Majerle) for Larry Nance and Mike Sanders... Won the 1988-89 NBA Most Improved Player Award, averaging 20.4 points and 12.2 assists... Named an NBA All-Star on three occasions and was a member of Dream Team 2 during the World Championships of Basketball in 1994... Phoenix's all-time leader in assists (6,518), free throws made (3,851) and free throws attempted (4,579)... Suns career playoff leader in eight major categories... Came out of retirement on March 23, 2000, the day after point guard Jason Kidd broke his ankle, to assist the Suns during the stretch run... Was inducted into Suns Ring of Honor on March 7, 2001.
#9 - Dan Majerle
Nicknames: "Thunder Dan"
Fans booed his selection (14th overall) at the 1988 Draft, but soon emerged as a fan favorite because of his tremendous work ethic... Played first seven seasons in Phoenix, averaging 14.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists, before concluding his career as a Sun in 2001-02... Phoenix's all-time leader in three-point field goals (800)... Also holds club record for three-pointers made in a game (8) and a season (199 in 1994-95)... Won gold medal at the 1994 World Championships and a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics... Three-time All-Star became the first reserve to be voted on to start on an All-Star team in 1995... Placed in Ring of Honor on March 9, 2003.
John MacLeod became the Suns’ winningest and longest-tenured head coach in franchise history over his 14 years leading the ball club. The success his teams enjoyed produced 11 playoff appearances and 37 playoff victories under MacLeod’s leadership. In all, the coach compiled 579 wins while in Phoenix, and he stands 15th on the NBA’s all-time list with 707 career victories. His 1975-76 team made a run into the NBA Finals, where a hard-fought series was lost to the famed Boston Celtics. MacLeod entered the Ring of Honor on April 18, 2012, joining former players Alvan Adams, Walter Davis, Connie Hawkins, Dick Van Arsdale and Paul Westphal.
Nicknames: "Magic Fingers" and "The Prosk"
The only athletic trainer during the franchise's first 32 seasons... Joined the Suns in 1968 after one year with the Chicago Bulls... One of the longest tenured athletic trainers in the history of the league, received the first 30-year award ever issued by the National Basketball Trainers Association (NBTA)... Proski served as athletic trainer at four NBA All-Star Games (1971, '75, '85 and '95)... Named NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1988... Colorful personality helped him earn the "Arizona Sports Personality of the Year" by the Phoenix Press Box Association in 1979. Was inducted into Suns Ring of Honor on April 1, 2001.
#5 - Dick Van Arsdale
Nickname: "Flying Dutchman" or "The Original Sun"
6-5 swingman spent nine of 12 NBA seasons in Phoenix (196-77)... Was club's first pick in 1968 Expansion Draft after three seasons in New York... Scored franchise's first point (Oct. 18, 1968)... Scored third-most points in club history (12,060), averaging 17.6... Three-time All-Star (1969, '70, '71)... Selected by Knicks in third-round of 1965 draft following All-American career at Indiana University... Known for hard-nosed style... 1974 All-Defense second-team... Scored 15,079 career points (16.4 ppg)... Suns jersey retired during 1977-78 season.
#44 - Paul Westphal
6-4 guard from Southern Cal... Selected by Boston with 10th overall pick in 1972 draft... Traded to Phoenix on May 23, 1975 for Charlie Scott... Won 1974 NBA title with Boston... Helped lift Phoenix to 1976 Finals versus Boston... Phoenix's fifth all-time leading scorer (9,564), averaging 20.6 points (1975-80, 1983-84)... He totaled five All-Star appeearances throughout his career... As a Sun, he was a four-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA first-team selection... Phoenix's top scorer each season... Following stints with Seattle and New York, concluded career in Phoenix... Suns jersey retired April 15, 1989. Assistant coach for the Suns from 1988-92. Head coach of the Suns from 1992-96.