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Greg Monroe selling New Orleans home, perfect for Zion Williamson

Greg Monroe selling New Orleans home, perfect for Zion Williamson

Hey Zion Williamson, we hear you may be moving to New Orleans and we have the perfect starter home for you. Sixers center Greg Monroe has put his house on the market.

Monroe played in just three regular-season games for the Sixers but had a slightly bigger role in the playoffs, playing in 10 games and starting one. He has played for six NBA teams during his nine-year career, and I guess he thinks it’s time to move out of his beautiful home, on the banks of a golf course, in his hometown of New Orleans.

Purchased for $837,000 in 2013, Monroe has listed the house for $874,500. This five bedroom, 5.5 bath estate, located in a country club, features beautiful views and ample closet space. The house has very high ceilings, perfect for Monroe’s 6-foot-11 stature, or perhaps, someone six-foot-seven, like Zion, who also has a very high ceiling himself.

Monroe has made more than $73 million in his NBA career, and at only 28 years old, perhaps he’s looking to land somewhere a little more permanently as his next destination.

The aspect of the home that is most striking, however, is the Batman mural in what looks to be a room at the back of the home.

Here’s a look at some more photos of a home that could be yours, or maybe Zion’s, if you’ve got the cash and a love for the Dark Knight.

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Joel Embiid sits out Sixers' Game 3 win over Nets, though he says knee injury is getting better 'slowly but surely'

Joel Embiid sits out Sixers' Game 3 win over Nets, though he says knee injury is getting better 'slowly but surely'

NEW YORK — Joel Embiid sat and watched the Sixers’ shootaround Thursday morning in slippers.

About an hour before tip-off, he walked into the locker room, changed into warm-up gear, took questions from a hovering group of reporters as Boban Marjanovic stretched on a yoga mat behind him, then did a light workout on the Barclays Center floor. The whole scene was strange but, given Embiid’s recent history, it wouldn’t have been remotely surprising if it culminated in him playing in Game 3. 

Everyone asked about Embiid’s status before and after the game — from Brett Brown to Marjanovic to Embiid himself — stuck with the line of him being a “game-time decision” besides Greg Monroe, the man who stepped into Embiid's spot in the starting lineup in the Sixers’ 131-115 win over the Nets (see observations). 

“They told me this morning at shootaround that most likely Joel would be out so he was going to start me,” Monroe told reporters. “So I knew right away in the morning and was able to get mentally focused.”

Embiid attempted to describe his left knee soreness, which he again classified as “tendinitis.”

It’s just about working on your strength and just getting in the practice facility or whatever, basically. Just trying to do whatever you can do to stay strong. At the end of the day, what cures it is just loading. You gotta load in the right way. Can’t do too much and then can’t also sit out and do nothing. It’s hard to manage, but gotta do it. Gotta push through the pain and see where it goes. 

Though “pushing through the pain” doesn’t sound like an ideal situation for a team’s best player, Embiid said he’s making progress.

“It is becoming better, slowly but surely,” he said. “We just gotta be smart about how we handle it every single day. I’m sure these guys wouldn’t let me get on the court if there was a chance of something bad happening. Gotta Trust The Process.”

The confounding part of Embiid’s knee pain, at least as he describes it, is the unpredictability. The fact he had an extra day off before Game 3 didn’t automatically increase the odds of him playing.

“Kind of,” Embiid said of whether the extra day was helpful. “The body reacts differently every day. I might feel good after the game and then in two days, maybe feel it. So I just gotta manage it.”

The one certainty with Embiid is his importance to the Sixers. 

As Brown said before Game 2, when game planning with Embiid and without Embiid, “There is night and then there is day.”

Monroe and Marjanovic combined for 23 points and 21 rebounds in Game 3, but they're likely not a long-term solution if the Sixers aim to win the Eastern Conference. 

“We definitely need him,” Jimmy Butler said of Embiid. “We’re capable of winning some games, but we’d all definitely rather have Jo out there.”

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Sixers at Bulls: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers at Bulls: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

The Sixers (49-30) are back in action against the Chicago Bulls (22-57) for the first game of their final road trip of the regular season. Jimmy Butler (back tightness) is out while Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) remains a game-time decision. The Bulls have won just four of their past 16 games, and one of those wins was their last matchup against the Sixers, on March 6.

Here are the essentials for tonight's game:

When: 8 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 7 p.m.
Where: United Center 
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus 
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

Here are three storylines to watch: 

Greg Monroe set to debut 

Whether or not Embiid plays tonight, head coach Brett Brown says he intends to give Monroe time. The Sixers signed the nine-year veteran center, after waiving Justin Patton, with the intention of adding a veteran presence come playoff time. Many have questioned what adding another center could provide, and tonight we’ll get our first look at Monroe.

Zhaire Smith steps into the spotlight

With the news that James Ennis III will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a quad contusion, Brown’s already thin bench has become even thinner. In Thursday night’s loss to Milwaukee, rookie Zhaire Smith played over 17 minutes, finishing with six points and three rebounds (which is absolutely bonkers if you know Smith’s story). With Shake Milton ineligible for the playoffs (two-way contract) and Jonathon Simmons seemingly out of the rotation (Brown has opted to go with both Milton and Smith over Simmons as of late), Smith could actually be called upon in the postseason. Smith won’t be able to make up a season’s worth of experience in a few games, but the more time he gets, the better.

Jonah Bolden's role 

As the season winds down, Brown is still figuring out the best way to utilize Jonah Bolden — and keep him out of foul trouble. Expect for Bolden to continue to get opportunities at the four tonight, which means Tobias Harris slide to a three in certain rotations. 

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