Charles Barkley Ring of Honor Gallery
January 1, 2011
Upon arriving at America West Arena for his big night, Charles Barkley shared his excitement with NBA TV via videophone.
More than 18,000 placards featuring Barkley's familiar No. 34 awaited fans inside AWA.
Darius Rucker, lead singer for Hootie & the Blowfish and close Barkley friend, tipped things off by singing the National Anthem.
The Gorilla got the crowd fired up for the start of the Suns-Bucks game.
Game Night Emcee Cedric Ceballos interviews former Suns center Joe Kleine during a first-quarter timeout.
Most of the breaks in the action were filled with video tributes to Barkley or performances by the Suns' Dancers, who were sporting their No. 34s.
A who's who of former Suns and NBA greats huddled up backstage in the second quarter awaiting the halftime ceremony.
Former Suns guard Elliot Perry autographed some balls for Phoenix Suns Charities.
Retired Suns athletic trainer Joe Proski looks on as Dan Majerle signs Alex Stivrins' jersey.
Former Suns forward Tim Kempton tries out the Gorilla's motorcycle.
Barkley's former coach, Paul Westphal, was one of several guests who wore Sir Charles ties for the festivities.
Hall-of-Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Connie Hawkins compare notes on Barkley.
Barkley poses for a few shots with some of his close friends.
Charles' family was on hand for the big night. From left, daughter Christiana, wife Maureen, mother Charcey and brothers, John and Darryl.
Lakers legend Magic Johnson and Suns broadcaster Vinny Del Negro catch up.
The ceremony began with the introduction of Barkley's guests.
A noticeably nervous Sir Charles applauds during the intros.
Suns CEO Jerry Colangelo announced that Barkley would be inducted into the Ring during his Celebrity Roast last November.
"Thunder Dan" was one of four speakers to toast Barkley.
The ceremony wasn't all serious, of course, as they were a few Charles jokes thrown in for good measure.
Magic hugs the man of the hour at center court.
Barkley's former teammates enjoy the ceremony.
Charles received several gifts, including his framed jersey and a limited edition Girard Perregaux 18k gold watch.
Colangelo presents Barkley with his gifts during the ceremony, which also included a $50,000 to his foundation.
Charles' mother and wife look on with pride as his long-awaited banner is unveiled in the Ring of Honor.
With the ceremony, Barkley officially became the 10th person to be inducted into the Ring.
Charles' brothers enjoy the moment.
Barkley stood in the spotlight and soaked in a lengthy standing ovation.
A young fan proudly sports her No. 34 jersey and Sir Charles crown.
It was like 1993 all over again with photographers fighting for position to get the best shots of Barkley.
Sir Charles thanked his family, teammates and the Suns' legends who came before him.
And finally, he thanked the Phoenix fans, who he called the best in the NBA.
Fox Sports Net Arizona's Kevin McCabe gets a few comments and a few one-liners out of Barkley following the ceremony.
Backstage once again, Barkley tells reporters that he's decided he wants to enter the Hall-of-Fame someday as a Sun.