The Philadelphia basketball community suffered a devastating loss when former Roman Catholic, La Salle and NBA standout Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles.
A Timberwolf during training camp a season ago, longtime NBA player Rasual Butler nonetheless impressed Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins during their brief time together.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau brought a player he once briefly coached to camp in October 2016. He waived him in that preseasons final cuts, but not before Butler played a mentors role as Kevin Garnett had the season before.
‘Devastated’: NBA saddened by death of Rasual Butler
MIAMI (AP) — The first time Dwyane Wade was supposed to make a public appearance on behalf of the Miami Heat back in 2003, he found himself paralyzed by nervousness.
So Rasual Butler jumped into action, joining his teammate for the event solely to keep him calm.
"That's who he was," Wade said. "A great individual that was always there for people when they needed him."
Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.
The Range Rover crashed around 2:30 a.m. in the Studio City area and left a swath of damage along a major thoroughfare.
Los Angeles police said in a statement that Butler was speeding before his vehicle jumped a curb, hit three parking meters and a concrete wall and then flipped over twice. The vehicle came to rest inside a shopping mall parking lot.