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.”
“He was one of the classiest guys in the NBA,” Thibodeau said of Butler. “Every team that he was on, everybody loved him. He'll be missed.”
Pop on Rasual Butler: "He was a wonderful teammate for everybody. He was a good person in every way. He was always upbeat, always ready to do whatever we asked. Just a wonderful guy.”
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. remembered his former #Wizards teammate Rasual Bulter: "He was definitely somebody that you look up. True professional on & off the court. I had a chance to spend some time with him off the court…him and his wife. It was a sad, sad day today to hear that news."
Ryan Wolstat: Casey: “Rasual was one of the original members of our program when I started here. His work ethic and enthusiasm for the game were the mark of a true professional. He was a pleasure to coach and will be missed...we want to offer our sincerest condolences to the families involved”
Isaiah Thomas: I'm Terribly sorry to hear about the death of Rasual Butler and his wife. Thoughts & Prayers go out 2 his family and everyone affected by this terrible accident!
Mario Chalmers: RIP Rasual Butler great mentor but even a better friend. Appreciative of everything you taught me homie and thanks for all the advice over the years.
Josh Lewenberg: Dwane Casey on the passing of Rasual Butler, who he coached with the Raptors in 2011-12: "I just saw him this summer in LA. We talked at length about him getting into coaching. He was a veteran leader for us. That is why he stayed in the league so long. He left us way too soon."
Anthony Tolliver: RIP to @Rasual Butler and his beautiful wife. The NBA brotherhood lost 2 amazing people...🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 for the Butler family. 😢😢
Zach LaVine: Saddened to hear of Rasual Butler and his wife’s passing. He was a great guy and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. 🙏🏽
Enes Kanter: R.I.P to Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. Thoughts and Prayers to both of their families 🙏
Marreese Speights: R.i.p to a real one 💯💯RT @1ClippersNation: (2009-2011) @Los Angeles Clippers 🏀 pic.twitter.com/Vus8J7nQwH
Martell Webster: R.I.P. to two beautiful human beings. I’m 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 we’ll see you two again🙏🏿
Pau Gasol: Very sad day for the #NBAFamily. My deepest condolences to Rasual and his wife’s 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..
Nenê: 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. 🙏🏿🙏🏿
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, “Keep Grinding fam and your time will come.” R.I .P. Rasual... 🙏🏾🙏🏾💯💯
Garrett Temple: I can’t believe this.... RIP to my brother as his wife!!!! One of the most genuine guys I’ve… 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 I’m 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. I’ll miss you bro. Prayers to you and your family. Can’t believe it. #RIP
Dwyane Wade: Come on man. Damn. The world just lost a great dude. RIP Rasual “Bop” Butler! twitter.com/slamonline/sta…
August 4, 2021 | 7:30 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent guard Saben Lee is returning to the Detroit Pistons on a three-year deal, source tells ESPN.
The state Department of Health Services reported that 491 people with confirmed or probable cases said they had attended the Deer District or Bucks game “during their exposure or infectious periods” but the department could not say definitively that they caught the virus while viewing the game downtown or elsewhere. The department also said the figure was likely an undercount. “We anticipated an increase in positive cases due to the delta variant but 155% increase in one week is distressing,”Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said.
August 4, 2021 | 7:25 pm EDT Update
Sources tell cleveland.com, along with their well-documented hunt for a shooting wing, including recent discussions about a sign-and-trade for restricted free agent swingman Josh Hart, the Cavs are currently exploring the free agent point guard market in hopes of adding a third guard to play behind starter Darius Garland and backup Rubio. The Cavs have looked into the possibility of Raul Neto and Brad Wanamaker, sources say.
Fred Katz: One thing worth noting: The Wizards are far too close to the luxury tax after making the Dinwiddie trade to use the midlevel exception now. They can try another trade to get under it. They still have roster imbalace they may want to fix. But they may have to do it in other ways.
Fred Katz: The Wizards have annouced their summer league roster, which includes Corey Kispert, Caleb Homesley, Isaiah Todd, Cassius Winston and blast-from-the-past Issuf Sanon. Deni Avdija, who is recovering from a fibula fracture, is not on the roster.