Happy birthday, Rasual Butler. Now, please, remain in your seat with your seat belt fastened.
The birthday fell right in line with the team’s flight to Miami for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, so the players decided to celebrate on the way down.
Jared Wade of FanSided.com spotted footage of the mid-flight cake ceremony, which was posted to Instagram by Evan Turner:
Butler smiled sheepishly as his teammates wished him a happy 40th birthday. You know, because he’s old.
Doesn’t look much like a team where everyone hates each other’s guts, now does it? No, it would appear that good spirits abound with the Pacers, who will land in Miami looking take a 2-1 series lead over the Heat Saturday night.
I would imagine that your birthday falling in the middle of the postseason would be a bit of a buzzkill, but nothing is cooler than cutting your own custom jersey cake thousands of feet above the Earth—especially when you’re surrounded by teammates and on a mission from God to slay giants.
Again, all my best, Rasual. I just hope you guys didn’t try to light any candles. Flight attendants hate that.
On the Twitters.