ARIZONA CARDINALS

Charles Barkley gets his wish, dines with Cardinals coach Bruce Arians

Apr 6, 2017, 4:02 PM | Updated: Apr 7, 2017, 11:42 am

Almost a year ago, Charles Barkley joined Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Bickley and Marotta show and admitted he’d never met Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.

That, he said, was something he had wanted to do for more than a year.

Barkley finally got his wish. On Thursday, Arians tweeted out a photo of the duo dining at Steak 44 in Phoenix.

Barkley, who is friends with former Cardinals receiver Roy Green and current star Larry Fitzgerald, said in May 2016 he hadn’t been able to set up a meeting with the Arizona coach.

“Bruce Arians seems like a guy. You know I love to smoke cigars — and I love to drink too — I would love to go out and have a drink and smoke a cigar with B.A.,” Barkley said a year ago. “I’ve been watching from a distance the last few years and he just seems like the best guy. I talk to Larry Fitzgerald all the time and he’s like, ‘Dude, you’re going to love B.A. You’re going to love B.A. when you get to meet him.’”

Judging by the picture, it seems Fitzgerald was correct.

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