Yao Ming played all eight of his NBA seasons in Houston after they drafted him #1 overall in 2002. Knowing Houston was going to be his non-Chinese home for a while he decided to drop some cash on this place. Complete with some of the highest ceilings we've seen and a pink jacuzzi, it doesn't look like Yao spared any expenses. Seriously though, we can't get past this pink Jacuzzi! JUMP!
Cortland Finnegan signed a big deal with the St. Louis Rams heading into the 2012 season. Yeah, five years, $50 million big. Looking to upgrade and move a little closer to his new team Finnegan has decided to unload his Brentwood, Tennessee pad...for a cool $1.4 million. The house is only 5 years old and comes complete with an elevator, but it rests on only half an acre. In Tennessee nonetheless...weak. JUMP!
How was Ray Rice living on his 2nd round draft pick salary? Frugally. The guy recently signed a 5-year, $40 million contract with the Ravens so he can afford something better than a 4 bed, 4 bath townhouse with only 2,100 sq. ft. It's time to unload the rookie contract digs. Can't say we blame Rice. Take a look at the faucets in the master bathroom. You can't be impressing a famous chick with fake gold faucets. Oh, and it's time to lose the dorm fridge. JUMP!
Looking for a sweet new spot to hang with your bros on Sundays? The NFL season is right around the corner, so look no further than these six sweet, multi-million dollar pads owned by NFL'ers. Sure these money-holes have been on the market for quite a while now, but that benefits you! They've seen some serious price drops, so now is the perfect time for you to swoop in. Imagine watching football this Fall in Joe Montana's basement or Kurt Warner's prayer room? JUMP!
Are you in the market for a Miami Beach house with waterfront access, 6,400 sq. ft. of living space and ceilings that can accommodate a 7-foot-3 NBA center? Zydrunas Ilgauskas has a house just for you. This guy went out and paid $4.7 million for this place in 2011. He then dropped huge money to gut the house and raise the ceilings so he'd quick hitting his head on the door frames. The new price: $8.3 million. JUMP!
Fox football analyst Michael Strahan and his fiance Nicole Murphy have spent the last year selling houses in California because they're getting married. There was the $7M Brentwood pad and now it's time to sell Michael's Hermosa Beach bachelor flop house within walking distance of the Pacific. What's special about this $1.85M residence? Not much. It's bright, airy and has an open floor plan. Otherwise, it's just a place for dudes to drink & watch sports. JUMP!
You know what's intimidating about the 20,000 sq. ft. house ARod is selling in Miami? (A.) The price (B.) Keeping the white walls clean (C.) The price (D.) Keeping finger prints off all the glass. (E.) That Cleveland Indians art on the wall. Seriously, in the history of BC, we've never seen an athlete house with this much glass. It's everywhere. Even the bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling glass. This place IS INSANE! JUMP!
Gilbert, Gilbert, Gilbert. Where to begin. Back in '08 he was wrapping up the prime of his career. Arenas got on his high horse, started dropping millions into this place and before he knew it, it was 2012 and he was struggling to find an NBA team. That's about the time these morons realize that million dollar pool might not have been the best "investment". At only $3.5 million this beauty could be yours! JUMP!
Poor Mike Francesa. The guy just can't catch a break in the real estate market. He bought this Long Island summer home back in 2006 at the height of the housing bubble (paid $3.5M) and has spent the last four years trying to find someone to buy the money pit. He's now down to a $2.95M asking price after not changing his number for two years. Bonus: you get to see where Mike takes long baths. JUMP!
We love athlete houses with killer pools. Love 'em. Would buy one if this blog ever gets snapped up by a giant media company. Sure, Coed Media Group is cool and all, but our asses aren't going to be sitting next to one of these pools until Coed is snapped up. When that day comes, my ass is relocating to Southlake, TX where BC HQ will be at LaMarcus Aldridge's pad. Look at that pool. LOOK AT IT! So pretty.
Give Ricky Watters credit in handling the Florida housing crisis. He's persistent at trying to sell his Orlando house. The former NFL RB legend has spent eight years - on & off - trying to unload his 5,600 sq. ft. pad in the same Isleworth neighborhood where many PGA pros, Tiger Woods, Grant Hill, etc. call home. Watters hasn't played a down in the NFL since 2001, meaning he has the time to jerk around with having a house on the market. JUMP!
In the market for a multi-million dollar house that is currently owned by a professional athlete and the house must have a cool pool? Sure you aren't, but it's not a crime to look. Maybe you work at Facebook and need a house near San Francisco? Barry Zito is trying to sell a mountainside retreat with what has to be the best pool view in athlete houses currently on the market: $11.45M. Looking for a grotto? You can buy Devin Harris' house: $2.1M. More - JUMP!
You know what doesn't make sense about the $2,000,000 mansion that Mario Williams just bought in Orchard Park, NY? The place has the biggest library we've seen in modern athlete house history. Who knew Mario was such a fan of hardbacks? Not us. The guy signs a $100 million deal with the Bills and decides he can't live without a two-story library. Hell yes, we'd rip out the bookcases & build a climbing wall. But, that's just us. JUMP!
Have you been in the market for a giant house on three acres in the Louisville zip code and just can't find that perfect house? Rick Pitino has a house to sell that might be the perfect fit. Ignore the gaudy furniture and weird draperies. Focus on the pool with insane stonework and the man cave where you can impress your friends with tales of buying Rick Pitino's house. JUMP!
Poor Sugar Ray Leonard. The legendary boxer has spent the better part of three years trying desperately to unload his Orange County golf course house to no avail. We think there's a reason - besides the price - buyers are passing on this 6,700 sq. ft. home. It has nothing to do with the bedrooms or open floor plan. Take one look at that stupid pool setup Sugar has in the backyard. Have you ever seen a more worthless bridge to a Jacuzzi? JUMP!
Why would Barry Zito want to sell his house that's actually called the Villa Della Pace which has a romantic view of mountains and leafy valleys? Simple, the place has to be extremely boring. Can you imagine being a guy who likes going to grungy bars, expensive restaurants and then having to go home to this place? Not me. Maybe one of you idiots wouldn't mind spending $42,000 a month on this mortgage. JUMP!