Indiana Pacers Celebrate Rasual Butler's 35th Birthday in Mid-Flight

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterMay 23, 2014

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Happy birthday, Rasual Butler. Now, please, remain in your seat with your seat belt fastened.

You have to be on your toes in the postseason, which means making adjustments. The Indiana Pacers had to make a few special arrangements for Butler, who turned the ripe old NBA age of 35 Friday.

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 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.

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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.


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