By Seth Sulka
It all began a little more than a year ago.
The precise day was June 17, 1993. And the ride that followed for Charles Barkley, the Phoenix Suns organization and its fans over the next 12 months could not be matched even by the creative geniuses at Disney World.
Barkley was coming to Phoenix. And he was bringing with him a toughness and a desire to win that the Phoenix Suns basketball team welcomed with open arms.
That Thursday in June marked a fresh start for Barkley. Not only was the All-Star forward acquitted on charges of assault in Milwaukee, but in the airport on his way home he learned that he would no longer be playing basketball for his team of the previous eight years, the Philadelphia 76ers.