Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Matisse Thybulle Visits Young Leukemia Patient

Before Matisse Thybulle started making a name for himself as a master thief on the court in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers rookie showed that he’s just as inclined to give back off of it. Two days prior to the Sixers’ season-opening win over the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, Matisse paid a visit to a seven-year-old leukemia patient named Freddy at a local hospital.

Matisse’s mother, Dr. Elizabeth Thybulle, succumbed to leukemia in February 2015, when the Scottsdale, Arizona native was a high school senior in Sammamish, Washington. Upon being selected out of the University of Washington with the No. 20 pick in this year's NBA draft, Matisse got emotional on national television while reflecting on his mom in that moment.

With any luck, Matisse paying forward his mother’s inspiration will help Freddy in his fight against the disease.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.