From the Cutting Room Floor: Lunch With Lamar Butler

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Lamar Butler and his father recall George Mason's "surreal" run to the Final Four -- and the cover of Sports Illustrated -- five years ago.

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Reminiscing About Mason's Final Four Run

Lamar Butler and his father recall George Mason's "surreal" run to the Final Four -- and the cover of Sports Illustrated -- five years ago.
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What you didn't see on Lunch With Lindsay with former George Mason guard and Final Four contestant Lamar Butler.

WHAT HE’S DOING NOW: After spending some time in the NBA Developmental League and playing overseas, Butler is now waiting to see where he may continue playing while preparing to open a sporting goods store in Maryland. 

WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM HIM IN THE FUTURE: Expect Lamar Butler Jr. to become a coach somewhere, like his father was. The two no longer play pickup games on their backyard basketball court, but Lamar Jr. still credits his father’s “tough love” as something that helped him believe the Final Four run was attainable.

WHAT HE LOVES: His fiancée, Jasmine, whom he’s marrying this spring. 

BIGGEST SURPRISE PLAYING OVERSEAS: European teammates smoking cigarettes before basketball games.

WHAT HE’S PROUD OF: Lamar says the magic and magnitude of what his team accomplished taking George Mason to the Final Four in 2006 still resonates. You can see it in recruiting as well as the physical growth of the Fairfax-based university. Lamar Butler Jr. also said he is surprised he and other members of that Mason team did not find success in the NBA.

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