Sir Charles Gallery
January 1, 2011
Barkley calls the day he was traded to the Suns from Philadelphia from Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang on June 17, 1993 "one of the best days of my life."
Barkley was a member of perhaps the best basketball team ever assembled. The 1992 Dream Team won Gold in Barcelona.
Sir Charles won a gold medal as a member of the 1992 Olympic Dream USA Team in Barcelona, Spain.
Barkley shares a laugh with fellow Dream Teamer Patrick Ewing.
One of the highlights of Barkley's career was accepting the Gold Medal as a member of 1992's Dream Team.
Although Barkley helped open America West Arena with new uniforms to start the 1992-93 season, the team wore the old ones during the pre-season.
Barkley scored 44 points and grabbed a Suns record 21 rebounds in his first regular season game as a Sun to open America West Arena.
No one was immune from the on-court antics of Charles Barkley.
Sir Charles led the Suns in scoring (25.6), rebounding (12.2) and total assists (385) in the 1992-93 season, his first in Phoenix.
Although he spent just four years in a Suns uniform, Charles is one of the most popular players to ever play in Phoenix.
Sir Charles was immortalized in clay for a PSA promoting excercise.
Sir Charles was one of the top trash talkers in NBA history.
Chuck chucked up 792 three-pointers in his Suns career topping out at 34% for the 1994-95 season.
Sir Charles has one of the most recognizable faces in Phoenix sports history.
Sir Charles never met a microphone he liked, but never turned them away either.
Sir Charles graced more than one national magazine cover during his days in Phoenix.
Referees were frequent targets for Charles' displays of displeasure.
The arrival of Sir Charles to the Valley of the Sun was big news during the summer of 1992.
Barkley earned the nickname "The Round Mound of Rebound" in his college days at Auburn.
Suns Jam Session with Charles Barkley gave fans a preview of what was to come after his playing days were over.
Sir Charles helped make the Suns sunburst logo one of the most popular in the league.
Barkley was not one for hiding his emotions. You always knew where Sir Charles stood.
Thunder Dan Majerle joined the Suns Ring of Honor this season and hopes that Sir Charles will join him soon.
Sir Charles always had a love-hate relationship with the league's referees.
Charles was known for his bubbly personality as much as his prowess on the basketball court.
In a TV ad, Barkley once claimed, "I am not a role model," but kids of all ages adored him.
NBA Commissioner David Stern presented Barkley with his 1992-93 MVP trophy, the only Sun to ever win the award.
Sir Charles led the Suns to the NBA Finals in his first year in Phoenix.
Barkley led the Suns to the team's second NBA Finals appearance.
Sir Charles brought the Valley of the Sun national notoriety by reaching the 1993 NBA Finals.
Barkley battled Jordan and current Sun Scott Williams to six grueling games in the '93 Finals.
The Suns and Barkley won a dramatic triple-overtime thriller in Chicago in Game 3 of the 1993 NBA Finals.
Sir Charles and Air Jordan battled fiercely on the court, but are still best of friends off the court.
Even during the heat of battle, Barkley and Jordan were able to share a smile between friends.
After losing Games 1 and 2 at AWA, the Suns went to Chicago and took two of three from the Bulls at the Chicago Staduim.
The Suns won Game 5 of the Finals in Chicago to bring the series back to Phoenix after Barkley admonished Chicagoans for prematurely preparing to celebrate.
Sir Charles averaged 26.6 points and 14.4 rebounds in the first of four playoff appearances.
Barkley and the Suns' quest for an NBA Championship came up just short in the 1993 Finals.
Suns fans mobbed Barkley's car during the celebration parade after the 1993 Finals, which led to Sir Charles needing a police escort.
Sir Charles addressed the 300,000 Suns fans who braved intense heat to celebrate the Suns Western Conference Championship.
Barkley was one of four Suns players whose faces adorned city buses throughout the 1992-93 season.
Charles and the Suns travelled to Munich, Germany to participate in the McDonald's Open, pitting the Suns against the best Europe had to offer.
The Round Mound of Rebound was named one of the top 50 NBA players of all time.
Barkley and the Suns battled Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets to seven games in both the 1994 and 1995 Western Conference Semifinals.
Sir Charles poured in a Suns record 56 points in Game 3 of the opening round, sweeping Chris Webber's Warriors in the 1994 playoffs.
Actor Billy Crystal hosted an All-Star roast of Charles during 1995's All-Star weekend in Phoenix.
Kevin Johson, Danny Ainge, Cotton Fitzsimmons and NBA Commissioner David Stern were among the roasters.
Barkley participated in 11 total All-Star Games, including all four seasons with the Suns.
Suns fans are hoping that Barkley's smiling face will join the team's prestigious Ring of Honor some day soon.
Shortly after Barkley reprised his Dream Team role for USA in 1996 in Atlanta, the Suns dealt Sir Charles to Houston for a handful of Rockets.