Storyline: Rasual Butler Death

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Some of the biggest stars in the NBA went to La Salle University on Sunday to pay tribute to Rasual Butler … and honored their friend by circling together for an emotional chant. Chris Paul, Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Roger Mason Jr., Jim Jackson and others were in Philadelphia for the “service of love” for Butler … who was killed in a car crash in L.A. on January 31. CP3 was one of the speakers — he and Butler played together back with the Hornets.

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He was mourned in Philadelphia, where he was raised and went to college at La Salle; in Miami, where he played his first three NBA seasons, and all over the league. That includes Minnesota, where he never even played a regular-season game. “He was amazing. He taught me a lot in that little time,” Karl-Anthony Towns said. “I remember playing pick-up with him all the time and having dinners and stuff. Just the things we used to do as a team, it was amazing.”

Former NBA player Rasual Butler and a passenger in his SUV were killed in a single-vehicle accident in Southern California early Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County coroner’s department confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. Butler was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in Studio City that occurred around 2:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Butler lost control of his Range Rover, which proceeded to hit parking meters and then a wall before it rolled over and came to rest in a store parking lot.

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