Ex-player Rasual Butler prepares for NBA comeback – PHOTO


rasual-butler-clippersFormer NBA player Rasual Butler is reportedly training hard, preparing himself for another run in the NBA, where he played for 10 years, Yahoo reported.

The 2013 NBA Developmental League Impact Player of the Year, Butlet was seen in training during the recent US summer training of the San Beda Red Lions at the Impact Training facility in Los Angeles.

“I’m hoping to make a comeback in the NBA, that’s why I’m here working hard to be prepared,” said the 33-year old shooting guard. “My training is going very well.

In 2002, Butler was picked by the Miami Heat in the second round. He suited up for the Heat from 2002 to 2004 before he was traded to New Orleans.

He played four years with the Hornets where he posted decent norms of 8.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 25 minutes of play. But it was in the Los Angeles Clippers that he shone brightest in his career during the 2009 season.

Butler averaged career best 11.9 ppg for the Clippers. Then, Butler played a season each for the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors but was waived by the latter in March of 2012.

The 2008 La Salle University Hall of Athletes inductee joined the Tulsa 66ers, an affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, in the NBA D-League early this year and was voted Impact Player of the Year. At La Salle, Butler became the Explorers’ fourth leading scorer of all time with a total of 2,125 points.

Now, the 6’7” gunner is gunning to make a strong comeback in the NBA this season. “God-willing I will be playing in the NBA again, or in Europe soon. But I’m confident of my ability to play at the highest level.”

He works six times a week for two months to prepare for the NBA camps. Butler admitted that the lack of motivation has kept him out of the NBA last year. Now he hopes to rekindle the fire he once had and barge into the basketball limelight again.

Butler played a total of 638 NBA games (263 started), averaging 8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 23.4 minutes per game.

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