Phoenix Suns bring back classic uniforms inspired by ‘92-93 season

The jersey features the iconic purple base, the sunburst logo and SUNS written in a similar 90s-style font.
Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 11:13 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- It’s a throwback 30 years in the making. The Phoenix Suns announced Tuesday that they’re bringing back the iconic uniform from the team’s historic 1992-1993 season, when Charles Barkley and company won the Western Conference Finals and played the Chicago Bulls in a thrilling NBA Finals.

The Suns taped the announcement video at Cobra Arcade Bar in Downtown Phoenix. The first shot starts outside from a drone’s perspective, before going inside the bar and stopping at the NBA Jams video game. That’s when edits of the 90′s game and Suns’ jerseys make their way onto the screen.

The head of security at the bar, Marcus Boykin says NBA Jams is their most popular game. The Suns photographers went to the bar a couple of weeks ago to shoot the introduction. Boykin says it was cool to see. “It makes sense with NBA Jams too. I think that’s cool. Everybody likes retro there is a time and place for it, but to see those comeback is pretty sick,” he said.

It was a season that brought a new uniform, one that quickly become a cult classic in the Valley of the Sun, showing a rising sunburst. It also marked the arrival of Barkley, a now-NBA Hall of Famer, who won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award that same season.

“This is one of the most iconic uniforms in all of sports. They mark an era of fantastic success for the franchise during a time of significant growth for the NBA as a whole,” said Chris Grasha, creative director for the Suns. “Fans have been looking to see these return to the court for a long time and the 30th anniversary of that historic season is the perfect time to bring them back.”

A new Nike Hardwood Classic Edition uniform is a modern version of the cult classic, the team says. It features the iconic purple base, the sunburst logo and SUNS written in a similar 90s-style font. The shorts also have an asymmetrical design with “PHOENIX” written diagonally on the leg and is lined with the very same orange trim.

The Phoenix Suns will wear the uniform throughout the season to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the playoffs. The team will also host 90s nights, and in the coming weeks release a collection of apparel. To learn more, click/tap here.

A lot of people were excited posting about the jerseys on social media. The team is not selling these retro look uniforms just yet. They’re hoping to put them up for sale by the preseason. The first preseason game is October 5.