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Gorgeous Pennsylvania mansion for sale has ... an indoor Chicago Bulls court?

Gorgeous Pennsylvania mansion for sale has ... an indoor Chicago Bulls court?

Have you ever fallen into an internet hole where you find yourself looking at some of the craziest homes around your area? With no realistic expectations of living there, of course — you just want to see some of the absurd and beautiful interiors. 

Well, if you’re a fan of such things, I encourage you to read on. 

A gorgeous mansion located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, hit the market earlier this week and it almost seems too good to be true on the surface. 

So, let’s go beneath the surface — literally, to the basement — and start from there. 

If your motto is, “Ball is life,” you’re definitely in for a treat. Now, you’ve probably seen basketball courts in a home before, but not like this. You’d think given this home is located in PA, it would be blank or perhaps bare the Sixers logo at half court, right? 

Wrong. 

This owner must’ve been one of the biggest Chicago Bulls fans to not live in Illinois, as they have an entire court dedicated to the team. Not only is the iconic Bulls logo painted on the court, the entire setup gives the appearance of an actual training facility. Though, where the general manager and co. would be seated on the second floor behind windows, is actually a game room filled with pinball, pool, and foosball. 



(Image credits: Bright MLS, featured on Redfin

While the games themselves might not be included, the idea of a game room slash basketball court in view of each other seems like something out of a 12-year-old’s mind. 

The house has a plethora of other features including a home theatre, complete bar that looks like something out of a country club, ridiculous bathrooms and woodwork throughout the entire place that’ll make your jaw hit the floor. 





(Image credits: Bright MLS, featured on Redfin

The home is currently listed at a whopping $4,499,900 — but I suppose you can say the memories that are created inside it are priceless. Well, sort of. 

Just imagine playing a game of hide and go seek in this place, it'd probably take up to three weeks to find everyone. 

For more information on this property, you can go to the site listing on Redfin

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What if the Sixers had traded Julius Erving for Michael Jordan?

What if the Sixers had traded Julius Erving for Michael Jordan?

How would the world of basketball have been altered if Michael Jordan was a Sixer? It sounds like a ludicrous question at first, but there is a fascinating alternate reality in which Jordan enjoyed a long career in Philadelphia. 

In the book “Pat Williams’ Tales From the Philadelphia 76ers,” former Sixers owner Harold Katz said, “I thought I had a deal with Jonathan Kovler [then the principal owner] of the Bulls for the third pick” in exchange for Julius Erving. Rod Thorn, then the GM of the Bulls, seemed to confirm the essence of Katz’s story in April on ESPN 1000’s Kap & Company Show. He noted the Bulls had “really strong offers” from the Sixers and Mavericks on draft day in 1984, as well as lesser offers from other teams. 

Let’s begin by analyzing the clearest implications of this gigantic ripple in time. If we understand Katz correctly, Chicago would’ve acquired a 34-year-old Erving, while the Sixers would’ve owned the third and fifth picks, and the chance to take Jordan and Charles Barkley. With all due respect to Erving, who averaged 18.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists over his final three professional seasons, that’s a lopsided trade for the Sixers. Unless some tangential miracle occurred, the Bulls would not have been the “team of the 90s.”

As a rookie, Jordan would’ve played next to Barkley, Maurice Cheeks, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney and Bobby Jones. The version of that team with Erving on it won 58 regular-season games and fell to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Would a 21-year-old Jordan have been better than an aging Erving that season? What about in the series against Boston? “Yes” seems to be a safe answer to both questions. Erving struggled with his shot in the conference finals, shooting just 32.4 percent. When Jordan got his first playoff opportunity against the Celtics in the 1986 postseason, he scored 49 points in Game 1, 63 in Game 2. 

So, the conclusion that Jordan would’ve been better than any player you possibly could have traded him for is not a startling revelation. It is, however, worth considering that he didn’t win a title until his seventh season despite an almost immediate ascent to superstardom. How quickly could he have become a champion with the Sixers?

We’ll first assume that Jordan successfully returns from the fractured navicular bone he suffered in his second season with the Bulls, or that he never has that injury as a Sixer. The timeline in which his career is severely shortened is dark and obviously no fun to contemplate. His “title window” in Philadelphia alongside Barkley would likely have been nearly limitless, at least on the surface. But much of his career would have hinged on his partnership with Barkley, a very different No. 2 compared to Scottie Pippen.

Jordan and Barkley were good friends for a long time in the timeline we inhabit, but their relationship splintered after Jordan took offense to Barkley criticizing him as an executive. Barkley has said Moses Malone told him, “You’re fat and you’re lazy” when he first entered the NBA. We imagine Jordan would have communicated the same message, and that practices would’ve been stuffed with expletives and insults. The on-court fit shouldn’t have been a problem, since Cheeks would've made sure both players got their shots. 

The coaching situation is another factor to consider. After Kevin Loughery and Stan Albeck were fired in Jordan’s first two seasons, he only had two other head coaches with the Bulls — Doug Collins and Phil Jackson. During Jordan's time in Chicago, the Sixers had eight head coaches — Billy Cunningham, Matt Guokas, Jim Lynam, Doug Moe, Fred Carter, John Lucas, Johnny Davis and Larry Brown. There wouldn’t have been nearly as much turnover with Jordan around, although one wonders if any coach could’ve handled him as well as the eccentric Jackson. 

If Jordan was a Sixer, it's natural to think he never would've been crossed over by a brash, young Allen Iverson. Actually, that might not be entirely true. Iverson may have crossed over Jordan the way he did to so many players across the league, but he wouldn't have done it as a Sixer. There’s no way a Jordan-led Sixers team would’ve had any ping pong balls in the Iverson sweepstakes.

Before we get too deep in the weeds, one final scenario: In the summer of 1994, would fans have flooded to Reading, Pennsylvania, to see Jordan patrol right field for the Fightin Phils? Or, without Jerry Reinsdorf owning both a professional basketball and baseball team in his city, would Jordan have taken his hacks at a lower level in the Phillies system — perhaps Single-A Spartanburg, after a Spring Training circus in Clearwater, Florida — before eventually telling the world he was returning to the Sixers and renewing his single-minded quest for more NBA titles? 

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How Matisse Thybulle's high school debut against Zach LaVine foreshadowed the future

How Matisse Thybulle's high school debut against Zach LaVine foreshadowed the future

Despite the NBA's regular season pause, Sixers rookie Matisse Thybulle has been a busy man, from viral TikToks (LINK) to virtual awards presentations.

Over the weekend, Thybulle appeared on the "Be Better, Be Different" YouTube show to answer five questions, and he told a story about his high school basketball varsity debut that blew our minds.

Thybulle told the story of being tasked with guarding current Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine, as a wide-eyed freshman. He was terrified, but Thybulle actually excelled:

I started off with the freshmen and C-team guys, and then got bumped up, was playing JV. And then was going back and forth, a little bit, but kind of how - you're on JV and you save five minutes [...] to get in.

And then, towards the end of the season, I got called up because - I went to Skyline High School, and Skyline was playing Bothell. Bothell was home of Zach LaVine, and for some reason they thought freshman Matisse was going to be able to come out and guard him. This was my first real varsity game I'd ever played in. I think I had two steals and two blocks on him, and I swear to God I'm not exaggerating. It was the craziest thing ever. 

If you think that's the craziest thing ever, just wait until you connect some dots.

Thybulle, who is two years younger than LaVine and reached the NBA five years after LaVine was drafted by the Bulls, played the Bulls for the first time on Jan. 17. It was the first time he and LaVine faced off during their pro careers.

So, of course, Thybulle finished the game with two steals and three blocks - including two of each off LaVine.

Yes, seriously.

It was a great night for Thybulle and the Sixers, who rolled to a win and allowed just 89 points. This Thybulle block was pretty popular among Sixers fans that night:

Thybulle talked with reporters before the game about that fateful high school game against LaVine:

I was a freshman in high school. It was intimidating. I was going up against Zach LaVine who was one of the best players in the state. Actually the first time I guarded him it was my first game as a freshman in high school. This was Zach LaVine dunking on people. I feel like I stepped up to the challenge.

LaVine also remembered that game, eight years ago, when he recounted it to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Serena Winters pregame:

Okay, you’re going to put a freshman on me like that, that’s not going to be good for him. First play, came down and gave him a little crossover and I got some space and I shot it and he tipped it. And in high school no one came close to blocking my shot.

That varsity debut, eight years ago, was a huge moment for Thybulle's basketball career, and eight years later his masterful defense came full circle. Wild.

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