View Full Version : NBA's Dennis Johnson dead at 52

02-22-2007, 03:31 PM
Former Celtics Johnson dies suddenly at 52ESPN.com news services

AUSTIN, Texas -- Former NBA star Dennis Johnson died Thursday, the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office said. He was 52.

Johnson, who was part of three NBA champions with the Boston Celtics and one with the Seattle SuperSonics, had been coaching the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League.

"He is deceased and is in our building. He will be autopsied," said Mayra Freeman, a spokeswoman for the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.

Johnson was the MVP of the 1979 NBA Finals, averaging 22.6 points as the Sonics beat the Washington Bullets in five games.

After a brief stint with the Phoenix Suns, Johnson rejoined the Celtics, where he teamed with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Danny Ainge and Robert Parish for a glorious run in the 1980s that saw Boston win the 1984 and 1986 NBA championships and a reach a third, losing the Lakers in 1987.

Known throughout the league as "DJ," Johnson played in five NBA All-Star games and was named to the All-Defensive First Team six times.

In 14 NBA seasons, he scored 15,535 points (a 14.1 points-per-game average) and averaged 17.3 points in 180 playoff games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Simply Red
02-22-2007, 03:33 PM
wow :(

02-22-2007, 03:44 PM
He was just a great, clutch player. All the rumors of him being a bad egg or whatever went away pretty fast. Defensively superb, and would always hit the jumper on the pick and roll, he was a key member of alot of great Celtics teams that I fondly remember from my teenage years.

It's a real shame.

Simply Red
02-22-2007, 03:45 PM
Interested in finding out what the hell happened...

02-22-2007, 04:14 PM
The guy was awesome... freckles and all.

Skip Towne
02-22-2007, 04:19 PM
Never heard of him.

02-22-2007, 04:22 PM
Wow, he died here in town and I hear about it on a board mostly of people in Kansas City.

Pitt Gorilla
02-22-2007, 04:23 PM
Steal by Bird. Off to DJ. He lays it in!

02-22-2007, 04:29 PM
Steal by Bird. Off to DJ. He lays it in!

You beat me to it.

"--and there's a steal by Bird, underneathe to DJ who lays it in!!!!1!11"

KC Dan
02-22-2007, 04:41 PM
Bummer! A True Basketball Player. I remember sitting in the LA Forum in April 1979 watching him sink my lakers from the corner putting us down 3-1. It was right in front of me and I'll remember it till I die. It was such a great game that night. Jack Sikma, Lonnie Shelton, John Johnson, Gus Williams, Downtown Freddie Brown & DJ... What a great team as they took the title from the Bullets. Funny how most of my vivid sports memories are when my team loses.

Extra Point
02-22-2007, 06:05 PM
How could you not have liked DJ? The guy looked old, when he was playing. 52? Oh, well, been nice posting with you guys!