The Barkley Years
February 12, 2011
Charles Barkley was traded to Phoenix from Philadelphia on June 17, 1992 for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang.
A few days later, Al McCoy introduced Barkley at a press conference with Suns owner Jerry Colangelo.
Virtually every media outlet in Phoenix attended.
Prior to joining the Suns In 1992, Barkley was selected to the "Dream Team" and play for the United States in the Olympics. The United States went on to win the gold medal.
The 1992 United States Men's National Team.
Barkley has captured two Olympic gold medals in his career.
Barkley led the Dream Team in scoring.
The impact was immediate as Barkley and his teammates set a franchise record with 62 wins in the regular season.
Barkley tied Curtis Perry's franchise record for offensive rebounds in one game with 12 in a game in 1992.
Barkley averaged 25.5 points a game during the 1992-93 regular season.
Barkley averaged 12.2 rebounds a game during the 1992-93 regular season.
Barkley and Co. led all NBA teams in scoring during the 1992-93 season.
Barkley was known as "Sir Charles" to fans in Phoenix.
Barkley was named All-NBA four times during his time in Phoenix.
Although listed at 6-6, Barkley was actually closer to 6-4.
Barkley was the West's leading vote-getter for the 1993 NBA All-Star Game.
Barkley's shot over David Robinson gave the Suns a two-point win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Spurs in 1993.
The 1993 Finals pitted two of the top 50 all-time players in NBA history against each other: Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.
After defeating Seattle in the Western Conference Finals, Barkley and the Suns advanced to the Finals for the first time since 1976, and for only the second time in franchise history.
The Suns lost their first two games at home before rallying in the 1993 Finals.
Barkley shoots over fellow Dream Team member Scotie Pippen during this 1993 Finals game.
Barkley still owns the Suns' playoff record for most points in a game with 56.
Barkley has the highest playoff scoring average in team history.
Game 3 of the 1993 Finals was a triple-OT affair that saw the Suns get the win.
Barkley and Co. won two of three 1993 Finals games in Chicago.
Barkley is the Suns' all-time playoff leader in rebounds.
Barkley was named the 1993 NBA Most Valuable Player.
Barkley was the first Phoenix Suns player to be named the league's MVP.
Barkely and the Suns fell, 4-2, to the Bulls in the 1993 Finals.
Following the 1992-93 Finals, Barkley played three more seasons with the Suns, but never returned to the Finals.
Barkley is the only Sun to appear on the NBA's Top 50 Greatest Players list.
Barkley has the second highest regular season scoring average (23.4) in Suns history.
Barkley dunks over the Lakers' Vlade Divac.
Barkley drives against a former Suns player, Joe Kleine.
Barkley was an 11-time All-Star during his NBA career.
Barkley shot 50 percent from the floor during his time in Phoenix.
Barkley dunks over Boston's Dino Radja.
Barkley participated in All-Star games in each of the four seasons he played in Phoenix. In the 1995 game at America West Arena, he joined coach Paul Westphal and teammate Dan Majerle on the West squad.
Barkley and Majerle share a laugh at the 1995 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix.
During the 1995 All-Star Game in Phoenix, Barkley was treated to a Royal Roast set in a castle environment. Note the coat-of-arms above Charles.
The emcee for the event was Billy Crystal.
Also on hand were NBA Commissioner David Stern and Suns owner Jerry Colangelo.
Another noted attendee was former Suns Head Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons, who appeared to be expressing his opinion of Barkley, very appropriately for a roast.
In October 2004, Barkley opened the Charles Barkley Reading and Learning Center at the Peoria branch of the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix.
Barkley and his fans check out the new center.
Charles waits patiently as he listens to speakers during his Ring of Honor induction on March 20, 2004.
Suns owner Jerry Colangelo spoke about Barkley's accomplishments as a member of the Phoenix Suns.
Barkley was presented with a $50,000 check by the Suns for his foundation.
Ring of Honor members present were Connie Hawkins, Dick Van Arsdale, Alvan Adams, Paul Westphal, Tom Chambers, Joe Proski, Dan Majerle, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Jerry Colangelo.
The ceremony ended with the Barkley sign being unveiled. Barkely is one of twelve Ring of Honor members.
Barkley was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Introducing Barkley was former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo.
Barkley chats with fellow Hall of Famers Lute Olson and Ann Meyers Drysdale.
Barkley checks out the room containing portraits of all the members of the Hall of Fame.
Barkley became a TNT broadcaster with partners Kenny Smith (middle) and Ernie Johnson (right).
During one broadcast with Marv Albert, Barkley made a comment about the age of official Dick Bavetta, then in his late 60's. With Ernie Johnson as emcee, Barkley raced Bavetta at the All-Star game in Las Vegas.
Barkley eventually won the race and collected the winnings ($50,000 from the NBA, $25,000 from TNT and $5,000 from the original bet) going to Barkley's charity.
Barkley remains a resident of the Valley of the Sun and is often seen at Suns and Mercury games. Here he is before a Mercury game with Ann Meyers Drysdale in 2007.
As part of the 2010 Hall of Fame Week, the 1992 Olympic team held a reunion.
As usual, Barkley provided the comic relief for the reunion.
Barkley probably wouldn't want this photo to get out, which is why it's in this gallery.
Barkley was seen on the cover of many magazines during his heyday.
Many a mascot has felt Barkley's wrath.
No matter where he turns up, Barkley is always entertaining.
Referee Tommy Nunez, a Phoenix resident, took some good-natured ribbing from Charles. Seems Tommy had developed a bald spot in the back of his head. Nunez son, Tommy Jr, is now an NBA referee.
Charles Barkley was traded to Houston following the 1995-96 season.
Charles Wade Barkley: member of the Phoenix Suns from 1992-96, 1993 MVP, 1993 First Team All-NBA, 1993, 1994, 1995, & 1996 All-Star selection and named one of the Top 50 All-Time Greatest NBA Players.