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.
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.
Cops say Butler's Range Rover was traveling at very high speed around 2:30 AM on Jan. 31 when he lost control and struck several parking meters, slammed into a wall and flipped two times before coming to a stop. Judging from the audio, it sounds like Butler slammed on the brakes and tried to avoid the collision -- but he was going too fast to regain control of the vehicle.
Mark Medina: Warriors list Patrick McCaw as questionable for tonight against Denver. He has a bruised toe. As noted before, David West will be out tonight so he attend funeral services for Rasual Butler.
Warriors forward David West was feeling it heavily Thursday. Butler, 38, and his wife, R&B singer Leah LaBelle were killed Wednesday in a traffic accident in Southern California. The two had been special guests on West’s float during the Warriors’ championship parade last June. “We were really tight,” West said. “Just a tough loss, a good dude. He and his wife were good people and its just life.”
The team held a moment of silence before tipoff of Thursday’s game against Houston at the AT&T Center. “Just another lesson in how short life can be and how important it is to enjoy each other,” Popovich said. “The sadness is just the same for all of us. … It’s always a shock, always a loss, but much more so to their own families. And obviously his wife was with him, which makes it even more tragic.”
“We had him briefly, it was less than a season, but you could already tell the type of demeanor he had toward his teammates,” guard Manu Ginobili said. “He was a great guy. It is sad to lose a teammate and somebody your age that you shared things with. It was a tough day.”
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…
June 16, 2021 | 7:40 pm EDT Update
Sarah K. Spencer: As expected, Trae Young (right shoulder soreness) is officially available to play tonight. Also: Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition) is out. De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus tear) is out. Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) is out.
Marc Stein: NBA spokesman Mike Bass after criticism of the league schedule from LeBron James: “Injury rates were virtually the same this season as they were during 2019-20 while starter-level and All-Star players missed games due to injury at similar rates as the last three seasons. While injuries are an unfortunate reality of our game, we recognize the enormous sacrifices NBA players and teams have made to play through this pandemic.”
The Orlando Magic have awarded $17 million in design and construction contracts for their AdventHealth Training Center to 33 local minority- and women-owned business enterprises. That amount is significant in that it represents nearly 32% of awarded opportunities, which is above the city’s recommended 24% level for minority- and women-owned business enterprises participation.
The 130,000-square-foot facility will serve as the Magic’s practice and training site. It will be on a nearly 4-acre site at South Division Avenue and West Central Boulevard, one block from Amway Center. Construction began in September and the $70 million facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2022. It was delayed about one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
June 16, 2021 | 6:58 pm EDT Update
Warriors assistant coach Leandro Barbosa said coach Steve Kerr approached him about playing this season and doesn’t know why the opportunity never materialized. Barbosa, who specializes on the Warriors staff in mentoring players, acknowledged that the idea of him returning as a player after three years away from the NBA “wasn’t a joke at all” when injuries decimated the team’s rotation while the Warriors were in the playoff hunt.