January 21, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - In his 12th season, Rasual Butler hasn't allowed retirement to cross his mind. The Washington Wizards forward played in his 726th career game Monday in a 111-76 victory over his hometown 76ers. Butler, 35, had eight points on 3-for-7 shooting to go with two rebounds and two assists off the bench. Butler said he'll keep playing "as long as I can run and jump, defend and hit shots. I still have a love for the game to this day. I still get butterflies before the game.
July 11, 2013 |
ORLANDO - The hairline has receded a bit, the face is a little fuller and shows some age lines, but the jump shot is still as smooth as a baby's bottom. And that, Rasual Butler says, is what will get him back into the NBA after a frustrating season away. The Roman Catholic and La Salle product is now showing off his patented jumper in the Orlando Summer Pro League as a member of the Indiana Pacers. Butler, now 34 and by far the oldest player participating, had his steady job of 10 years taken away from him last season when no NBA team added him to the roster.
December 11, 2011 |
The anchor of the Mavericks defense now centers one of the NBA's best frontcourts. Tyson Chandler joined the New York Knicks Saturday, in the belief that joining Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire means he's not done competing for the title he won last season with Dallas. Chandler gets a four-year contract worth about $56 million after coming to the Knicks via sign-and-trade as part of a three-team deal. The Knicks sent Ronny Turiaf and cash to the Washington Wizards and reserve guard Andy Rautins to the Mavericks, with other picks involved.
November 11, 2010
OAKLAND, Calif. - The term once was worth a thousand words. "Philly fighter" evoked a knowing nod and smile from even the most casual of sports fans, and the meaning - while based on a hardscrabble reality - grew to extend beyond any geographical base. Philly still means "tough and smart," said Dean Demopolous, the former Temple assistant now serving the same role for the Los Angeles Clippers. It's no secret that boxing in Philadelphia and elsewhere doesn't exist as it once did. But if you know Rasual Butler even a little bit, it's not surprising that he was at one time, as a youngster at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philly, a boxer and a ballplayer.
June 9, 2010
The Rasual Butler All-City Classic, a high-quality tripleheader involving most of the top basketball underclassmen in the area, will be played tonight at the Community College of Philadelphia, 17th Street just south of Spring Garden. The freshman game will begin at 5:15, followed by the sophs at 6:45, a live performance by Meek Millz at 8, and the juniors at 8:30. The rosters: Jeffon Powell, MC&S; Miles Overton, Academy New Church (injured); Rondae Jefferson, Chester; Jeremiah Worthem, MC&S; Devon Haines, Williamstown (N.J.
January 27, 2010 |
Hornets trade guard The New Orleans Hornets will not have to pay the NBA's luxury tax this year after dealing reserve guard Bobby Brown to the Los Angeles Clippers. Yesterday's deal gave the Hornets a conditional 2014 second-round draft pick from the Clippers and brought New Orleans' player payroll below the $69.9 million luxury-tax threshold. The Hornets have shed millions in payroll through several trades this season, including Monday's deal that sent shooting guard Devin Brown to Chicago and earlier trades that sent guard Rasual Butler to the Clippers and center Hilton Armstrong to Sacramento.
August 13, 2009 |
Philadelphia native Rasual Butler, who starred at Roman Catholic and La Salle University, was traded yesterday by the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers for a conditional second-round draft pick in 2016. The Clippers also received cash from New Orleans. Butler had the most productive season of his 7-year career in 2008-09, averaging 11.2 points and 3.3 rebounds while playing in all 82 games for the Hornets, who made the playoffs. He shot 40 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three-point range to match his career averages.
April 8, 2009 |
Chris Paul had 26 points, nine assists and nine rebounds and David West scored eight of his 20 points in overtime as the New Orleans Hornets downed the Miami Heat, 93-87, clinching a playoff berth in the process. The game went into overtime when Rasual Butler nailed a 30-foot three-pointer for the visiting Hornets as time expired in the fourth quarter. Peja Stojakovic scored 24 points for New Orleans, which got only 12 points from its bench. Dwyane Wade scored 32 points before getting ejected with 1.4 seconds remaining and Michael Beasley added 25 off the bench for Miami.
March 2, 2009 |
Shaquille O'Neal scored 33 points and the Phoenix Suns overcame a 49-point performance by Kobe Bryant to beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, 118-111, yesterday. Matt Barnes added 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Suns, without Steve Nash for the third straight game due to a sprained right ankle, beat the Lakers for the first time in four tries this year. Pau Gasol scored 30 for the Lakers, who have lost two in a row for just the third time this season. After his 45-point game against Toronto on Friday, O'Neal has consecutive 30-point games for the first time since March 5-7, 2004, when he and Bryant were dominating teammates in Los Angeles.
January 27, 2009 |
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Hornets were involved in 12 playoff games last season. Rasual Butler, the pride of La Salle University, didn't so much as wear a uniform for any of them. "That's never happened to me," Butler was saying yesterday, all but wincing at the memory. "I went into the offseason and worked really hard to make sure I wouldn't experience the feeling I felt as an individual again. "We had a successful year and I was supposed to be a part of it, considered one of the core guys of the franchise.