Charles Barkley, 1992-93 Phoenix Suns relive special season
They made history together 30 years ago, but that special season always feels like yesterday for Dan Majerle.
“I think about it almost every day,” Majerle said. “That’s how special it was. It always brings back memories, but that was such a special time in my life. It was probably the best time in my life.”
The 1992-93 Phoenix Suns were honored at halftime of Saturday’s game at Footprint Center before a sellout crowd of 17,071 that roared and cheered for a squad that reached the 1993 finals.
Hall of Famers Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, Cedric Ceballos, Tom Chambers, Richard Dumas, Frank Johnson, Mark West, Tim Kempton, Negele Knight, Oliver Miller, Alex Stivrins and Majerle were all in attendance and each introduced one by one much to the delight of the fans.
“To see these guys and we know these fans are some of the best in the world,” Barkley said. “It was a very special night.”
Cindy Westphal, the wife of the late Paul Westphal, also was present as she was introduced first. Paul Westphal coached the Suns to a 62-20 season and second-ever Western Conference title.
“She’s a huge part of that team and this community,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “For her to be a part of this, that was the first thing that came to my mind.”
They sat in a suite together during the first half of Saturday’s game against Indiana, which Phoenix won, 112-107. Then the team made its way down to the court level.
With the lights turned down, a highlight reel from that season was played on the arena jumbotron and surrounding video boards. Then Cindy Westphal and the players individually took the court with Barkley, the 1992-93 NBA MVP, being the last one introduced to resounding cheers and applause.
“It was awesome,” Majerle said. “Great seeing everybody back, being back in the building.”
The Suns moved from Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum to America West Arena before that season. They traded for Barkley during the previous off-season and then made a historic run that ended in a finals loss to Michael Jordan and the three-peat Chicago Bulls in six games.
“This is a very special team,” Majerle said. “Anytime you can celebrate that season that we had, it was awesome.”
Cindy Westphal and the players each received a commemorative 30th anniversary trophy and took pictures at center court before leaving and continued their celebratory weekend having fun like it was 1992-93.
“It’s a great group of people,” Chambers said. “We had so much fun. Just talking about old stories and what we went through and the fun we’ve had. You appreciate it more now even than at that time. It’s just fun to see these guys. You get here and you smile and you’re so happy and you enjoy it so much.”
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