Today in Philly Sports History: Sixers and Raptors Battle Without Iverson or Carter, 2002

Today in Philly Sports History: Sixers and Raptors Battle Without Iverson or Carter, 2002

Just a low-scoring time of the year, I guess. Nobody could ever fault the turn-of-the-century Sixers for being too run-and-gun in their methodology--only one player on the '02 Liberty Ballers even broke the millennium mark in points for the season, though that one player was NBA scoring leader Allen Iverson. Rather, those teams were more of a grind-it-out, defensive-oriented mindset, which resulted in a fair amount of wins, but also in a fair amount of gruesome pitchers' duels that just were none too pretty.

Such a contest was played on March 31st, 2002, when the Sixers welcomed an old foe back to town in the Toronto Raptors. The Sixers had dispatched the Raptors in an exceedingly tight seven-game Eastern Conference semifinals the previous year, with Iverson and Raptors superstar Vince Carter trading off 50-point games in one of the great scorer-on-scorer duels in recent playoff history. But here was the catch with this rematch--neither Iverson or Carter suited up for the game, leaving both clubs without their offensive focal point.

So what happens when two defensively-built clubs lose their only offensive firepower? Well, your teams score a combined 142 points and shoot an average of 39% from the field. No player on either side scored more than 16 points, and seven players racked up four or more fouls. The Raptors squeaked in two points' more worth of offense than the Sixers, and were able to escape with the 72-70 victory, dropping the reigning Eastern Conference champs to seventh in the standings. "Those guys woke up and decided they wanted to play," said guard Aaron McKie. "We laid down." A month later, Philly and Toronto would end disappointing seasons by
bowing out of the playoffs in the first round of action.

By the way, you're not seeing things in that above picture--that is indeed a photograph of eventual hall-of-famer Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon, playing in his one and only season as a Toronto Raptor. The Rockets legend came off the bench (behind Eric Montross, insultingly enough) in the game and scored nine points on 4-8 shooting, as well as grabbing five boards in 17 minutes of action.

It's official: Eagles reach terms with WRs coach Mike Groh

It's official: Eagles reach terms with WRs coach Mike Groh

The Eagles' only vacant coaching position has been filled.

On Monday afternoon the team announced that it had reached terms with Mike Groh to be the new receivers coach.

“We are excited to add Mike Groh to our coaching staff," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said in a release from the team. "Mike brings with him a vast array of experience coaching wide receivers in the NFL and college. Over his career, he has demonstrated a great ability as a teacher and as a motivator and we look forward to him getting started in Philadelphia.” 

Earlier this month, after the receivers had a disappointing season, the team fired first-year receivers coach Greg Lewis and have been searching for his replacement. In addition to interviewing Groh, the team also interviewed Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

While Lewis was an NFL position coach for the first time in 2016, Groh has a little more experience at the NFL level. Groh, 45, spent 2016 with the Rams as their receivers coach and passing game coordinator after three years with the Chicago Bears as their receivers coach.

Lewis was the only position coached fired after Pederson's first NFL season. The team finished 7-9 after a 3-0 start.

Groh was seemingly available because of the head coaching change in Los Angeles.

Before he made it to the NFL as a receivers coach with the Bears, Groh had a long coaching career at the college level. He rose to the level of offensive coordinator at Virginia under his father Al, who was the Cavaliers' long-time head coach.

Mike Groh's first coaching job came with the Jets in 2000, when his father had a one-year stint as their head coach.

Mike Groh was once a quarterback at Virginia before his father ever coached there.

While the Eagles' receivers wildly underperformed in 2016, Groh has coached two of the top free agents at the position: Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt.

The Eagles' coaching staff will be in Mobile, Alabama this week to get a closer look at some top draft prospects, among them will be several talented receivers.

A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

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A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is now up for sale for a whopping $3.1 million, according to Realtor.com.

This is the perfect opportunity for the Hinkie Apostles to purchase the mansion and make their very own Process Graceland. Surely, there has to be a Kickstarter for this already up and running, no?

Here's how the home is Bryn Mawr mansion is described in the listing:

Located on a private cul-de-sac overlooking 25 acres of the Harriton Farm Preservation and built in the 19th century, the home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms spread over three levels of living space.

A stone wall serves as the home’s axis and accommodates three floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. According to the listing agent, the restoration of the property—which included top-of-the-line masonry, stone work, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades—won the Lower Merion Preservation Award in 2005 .

And you absolutely know Hinkie is going to make out on the deal. He purchased the home in 2014 for a reported $2.66 million and is looking to make a cool half mil off the sale.

When last we heard from the Process Darklord, he was setting up shop among the tech titans out in California. No need for that Bryn Mawr crib any longer.