WHEN A FAN STORMED THE COURT To hug Barkley in his first game back in Philly

WHEN A FAN STORMED THE COURT To hug Barkley in his first game back in Philly

One of the most memorable performances of Charles Barkley’s first season with the Phoenix Suns came on March 28th, 1993 when he lit up his ex-team Philadelphia 76ers with 35 points on 13-22 shooting from the field! But the play of the game belonged to a 76ers fan who stunned Barkley by hugging him!

Forward Charles Barkley earned his superstar status with the late 1980s Philadelphia 76ers. But, due to the team’s questionable personnel policy and inability to make a significant postseason run 6’6”, The Round Mound of Rebound was quite critical of 76ers trying to make moves in the right direction.

In a blockbuster trade that took place on June 17th, 1992, the original Dream Team member was traded to Phoenix Suns for guard Jeff Hornacek, forward Tim Perry and center Andrew Lang.

Starting at the power forward spot for the rejuvenated squad, Sir Charles played like the man possessed, doing a little bit of everything for a team that anyone across the United States wanted to see.

In his first visit back to Philly after being traded, on March 28th, 1993, Barkley led the Suns to a convincing 110-100 away win by scoring 35 points to go along with 7 boards and 2 assists. Sir Charles also displayed a very nice shooting form by hitting 13-22 of his shots from the field, went 3-5 from beyond the three-point arc, and hit 6-7 shots from behind the charity stripe.

Sir Charles showcased all of his skills, already familiar to 18,168 fans present in the Spectrum. He would grab the board and trigger a Suns break, hit a triple, or power his way into the hoop!

But eventually, the play of the game belonged to a young 76ers fan suddenly run onto the court and seemingly stunned Barkly by suddenly hugging him at the free-throw line, thus literally showing how much the fans in Philly miss their star!

Philly fans aren’t known for their hospitality. LeBron returning to Cleveland or KD to Oklahoma City would have you think Sir Charles would receive a completely different welcome. That’s what being honest and playing your heart out every night brings you. 

The 1992-93 Phoenix Suns posted the remarkable league-leading 62-20 regular-season record and 113.4 points per game and went all the way to the 1993 NBA finals, which they’ve lost to the Chicago Bulls.

After winning the 1991 NBA All-Star game MVP award, Sir Charles won the 1992-93 NBA MVP award.