Charles Barkley has been the most vocal critic of Boston’s mindset during their first-round series and that is because he knows firsthand how hard digging out of a 2-0 hole can be. His Phoenix Suns were the last number one seed to lose two games to an eight seed.
That series happened so long ago that the first round was a best of five series back then, as opposed to a best of seven now. Phoenix rallied from down two games and eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers after taking three straight victories.
They would later meet Michael Jordan’s Bulls en route to his third straight championship. They are a team remembered for their charismatic leader, but where are they now?
Number One: Charles Barkley
The Round Mound of Rebound was a force inside and 1993 was one of his best years as a professional. He was amazing that season and led this team to it’s impressive Finals run including that earlier comeback.
Barkley ended up getting traded to Houston after the 1995-96 season and would complete four more campaigns before hanging up his sneakers. Now, he is the centerpiece of Turner Sports’ NBA coverage and provides analysis on NCAA Men's Basketball too.
Number Two: Kevin Johnson
KJ was a huge part of how that team got to the NBA Finals. He provided a steady hand and ran the offense to perfection while setting up Chuck and Thunder Dan for success. He went on to rank highly in all the Suns playoff statistics after that season.
Johnson is now the Mayor of Sacramento, California and has played a huge role in helping the city keep their NBA franchise. He has also been a vocal proponent of helping fund and build a new stadium to keep basketball in the city for a long time.
Number Three: Dan Majerle
Majerle was second on the team in scoring back then as he played the sidekick to Sir Charles in their first season together. He was also named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team which showed how versatile he was as a defender.
Thunder Dan now coaches Grand Canyon University in Arizona and has held that position for four years now. His experience and familiarity with the area helped him land that job and he has turned them into a respectable program in the desert.
Number Four: Danny Ainge
The current architect of the Boston Celtics was coincidentally on the Phoenix Suns team that erased that deficit once before. He was in the latter part of his career then, so he played on the bench unit.
As mentioned before, Ainge is currently the general manager in Beantown and has built a surprisingly good program without a true superstar. He has the C’s loaded with assets including a crucial pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
Number Five: Tom Chambers
Chambers could shoot the lights out and dunk on your head if a defender wasn’t careful. His size and ability would be a great fit in any era of the league. In fact, he serves as a sort of prototype for stretch forwards that are highly coveted now.
He is now a community relations representative for the Suns and helps with initiatives all over Arizona. Chambers has also done film work about the history of the state that won him awards after his retirement.News Now - Sport News