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He spent just four seasons in purple and orange, yet he is easily the most popular and beloved player to ever put on a Phoenix Suns uniform.

Charles Barkley, the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 1992-93, will be recognized and rewarded for his contributions to the organization and Valley when he becomes the 10th person to be inducted into the Suns' Ring of Honor.

The Suns acquired the outrageous superstar in a blockbuster trade with the Philadelphia 76ers on June 17, 1992, adding him to an already loaded lineup -- featuring Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle and Tom Chambers -- that had advanced to the Western Conference Finals twice in the previous four years.

Averaging an incredible 25.6 points, 12.2 boards and 5.1 assists a game, Barkley led the Suns to a franchise-record 62 wins in 1992-93 and lifted the club into the NBA Finals for only the second time in team history.

The Suns fell to the Michael Jordan-led Bulls in one of the league's most entertaining Finals match-ups, which included the unforgettable triple-overtime Game 3, won by the Suns in Chicago.

Over his next three seasons in Phoenix, Barkley would twice guide the Suns to the Conference Semifinals, where they pushed the eventual NBA Champion Houston Rockets to seven games in both 1994 and '95.

Now a successful broadcaster with the NBA on TNT, Barkley will return to Phoenix for a weekend in his honor. The Suns will highlight the lighter, more comical side of the Chuckster's career and distribute 10,000 Barkley Bobbleheads on Friday, March 19, followed by his Ring of Honor ceremony at halftime of the Suns-Bucks game on Saturday, March 20.

But the celebration tips off a few days early on Suns.com as Sir Charles will chat with Phoenix fans -- who he has, on many occasions, called his favorite fans in the NBA -- this Tuesday, March 16. Send in your questions now and log on at 5 p.m. local Arizona time (7 p.m. ET) to participate live.

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