Here’s Charles Barkley having some fun with Rick Mahorn.
Going through the various Sixers squads to try and make sure it’s Mahorn Barkley’s dousing with his water/Gatorade, I was struck by how godawful some of his teams were in Philly. For instance, during the ‘88-‘89 season (the year before Mahorn joined the club), Mike Gminski was the second-leading scorer on the Sixers. They still made the playoffs with Barkley averaging 25.8, 12.5, 4.1 (points, rebounds, and assists per game) plus 1.6 steals and .8 blocks, while shooting almost 58% from the field. Now Mike Gminski isn’t a slouch in terms of career production, he scored almost 11,000 points and grabbed over 6,000 rebounds, but it’s remarkable what Barkley was able to do with so little around him and as the focal point of every opposing defense. So it bears repeating:
They made the playoffs with Mike Gminski as their second-leading scorer!