Anthony Tolliver: RIP to @Rasual Butler and his beautiful wife. The NBA brotherhood lost 2 amazing people...๐๐พ๐๐พ๐๐พ for the Butler family. ๐ข๐ข
Zach LaVine: Saddened to hear of Rasual Butler and his wifeโs passing. He was a great guy and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. ๐๐ฝ
Enes Kanter: R.I.P to Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. Thoughts and Prayers to both of their families ๐
Marreese Speights: R.i.p to a real one ๐ฏ๐ฏRT @1ClippersNation: (2009-2011) @Los Angeles Clippers ๐ pic.twitter.com/Vus8J7nQwH
Martell Webster: R.I.P. to two beautiful human beings. Iโm very blessed and fortunate to have known these two. Rasual and Leah you will be missed yet remembered. God has received two of his children back into the kingdom hopefully to become guardians. We love you and weโll see you two again๐๐ฟ
Pau Gasol: Very sad day for the #NBAFamily. My deepest condolences to Rasual and his wifeโs families in such a painful moment. #RIPRasualButler pic.twitter.com/PUmTQUFwbF
DeMar DeRozan: This one hurts. Lost a good dude. Learn a lot from a humble individual. Rest easy to you and your wife! #RasualButler
Jamal Crawford: Damn this one hurts! RIP Rasual Butler & his wife Leah. Sounds so cliche, but Rasual was really one of the good ones!!
Reggie Miller: Saddened by the news and the loss of Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. Talk about a great dude and family man. I know he had many stops during his 13 year NBA journey, but he was beloved becasue of his work ethic in Indiana. New guardian Angels..
Nenรช: RIP my good friend @Rasual Butler We will miss you. My sincere condolences to his family, may God bring the peace to endure what you guys are going through. ๐๐ฟ๐๐ฟ
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.
Kyle Lowry: I remember I called you when you got drafted on draft night and I was at a camp and I wanted to show off because I knew you and you answered the phone for a 16year old who was one of your biggest fans.. this is truly a sad day for me !! RIP Sual bop my oldhead!!
DeMarre Carroll: This is very SAD news... I remember Rasual always told me, โKeep Grinding fam and your time will come.โ R.I .P. Rasual... ๐๐พ๐๐พ๐ฏ๐ฏ
Garrett Temple: I canโt believe this.... RIP to my brother as his wife!!!! One of the most genuine guys Iโveโฆ instagram.com/p/Ben_LJ6gQaz/
Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife -- a singer who appeared on "American Idol" -- were both killed in a single car crash in Studio City, CA early Wednesday morning, TMZ Sports has learned. 38-year-old Butler -- who was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 -- lost control of his Range Rover around 2 AM, struck a parking meter and slammed into a wall. The car flipped.
Terrence Ross: Man Iโm heartbroken over the news of a good friend passing last night. Rasual was a great help to me during my draft process. Gave me great advice and was just a all around good person. Iโll miss you bro. Prayers to you and your family. Canโt believe it. #RIP
Dwyane Wade: Come on man. Damn. The world just lost a great dude. RIP Rasual โBopโ Butler! twitter.com/slamonline/staโฆ
July 23, 2021 | 2:09 pm EDT Update
Jason Anderson: Kai Jones says he had a great workout with the Kings, specifically saying he had dinner with the team and shot the ball well. “They love the passion I play with and the motor I play with.”
Joe Mullinax: I asked Kai if any of the NBA Texas big men have reached out to him with advice on the draft process. He’s close w/ Hayes, & they talked about the NBA during the pandemic. He’s worked out with Bamba too. Myles Turner has reached out. Said Longhorn fam has supported him big time
Trae Young is bringing more opportunities to those in his hometown. The city of Norman broke ground on the Young Family Athletic Center, a nearly $36 million sports facility, Wednesday morning thanks in part to a $4 million donation from the Trae Young Family Foundation. The hope is the multi-million dollar facility establishes Norman as a hub in the sports tourism market.
โIโm so excited for this,โ Young said. โIt was definitely tough as a kid growing up and having to travel around the whole country (for tournaments). โฆ The biggest things are going to be here in Norman. Itโs just special.โ The YFAC, which sits on a 12-acre site near the intersection of 24th Avenue NW and Rock Creek Road, will reach an approximate size of 122,000 square feet by the time it opens in spring 2023.
Kurt Pegler: Basketball royalty back home in central Illinois this week. Peoria High grad and former NBA player Shaun Livingston hosting his summer camp. Washington High grad and European pro Alec Peters sharing his expertise at his camp.
July 23, 2021 | 2:01 pm EDT Update
Minnesota Vikings owners Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf officially became owners of Orlando City Soccer Club on Wednesday after completing a sale โ which includes the Lions, the Pride, Exploria Stadium and an academy system โ from Flรกvio Augusto da Silva. Mark Wilf will assume the role of chairman and governor of the club. The purchase price was not disclosed, but reports from The Athletic place the transaction at $400 million to $450 million. The new ownership group includes a familiar name. The DeVos family, owners of the Orlando Magic, have purchased a minority stake in the soccer club from the Wilfs.