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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:20 pm
I just read this out on realgm. RIP DJ.

Dennis Johnson Passes Away At 52
22nd February, 2007 - 4:06 pm
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The Dan Patrick show is reporting that Dennis Johnson, former guard for the Seattle SuperSonics and Boston Celtics , has passed away. Johnson reportedly collapsed during practice on Thursday.

Johnson was a five-time All-Star and the MVP of the 1979 Finals. He won one title with the Sonics and two with Boston.

Johnson was briefly the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2002 and had been the head coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:27 pm
that's tragic...

he was doing a good thing for players in the NBDL.

as a laker fan back in the days, i remember him being a deft defender with a pretty good j...

didn't he have unique ritual at the free throw line?? like he cradled the ball with both arms and sorta spun it?

anyway, sorry to hear about the passing...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:23 pm
that's sad
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:40 pm
Oh man.... i never really liked him as a player but I sure as heck respected him!! Tough to see a legend go... even tho I hated him, he's still a legend in my book.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 4:11 pm
sad sad news and way too young. I grew up in the Northwest during the sonics glorious championship run and then lived in Boston when he was with the great Celtics teams. He always gave every ounce of effort, was a truly brilliant defender (shut down Magic on more than one occasion) and was sneakily good on offense. Terrible loss.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 4:21 pm
This is tragic. Anytime somebody dies before the age of 60, I think its heart-wrenching. Even 60's too young, in my opinion.

Hope his family stays strong.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:29 pm
Very young to have died. Great legend of the game
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:16 am
32 wrote:This is tragic. Anytime somebody dies before the age of 60, I think its heart-wrenching. Even 60's too young, in my opinion.

Hope his family stays strong.


Yep... 52 is way too young to die.

RIP DJ.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:58 am
I met DJ at when I attended Pepperdine University in the mid 70's. He had transfered over from JC ball. We use to cal him Airplane because he jumped so high. He was the second greatest player in Pepperdine history behind only the great William "The Bird" Averitt. At that time, we were really a 2-man team. DJ and Marcos Leite, an import from South America. DJ wasn't very outgoing, he kept to himself. Pepperdine was never known for their great athletes but DJ was certainly one of the few. I really didn't know him well enough to call a friend but I played in a couple of pick-up games with him. He was a nice guy. I'm sure the basketball world will miss him.

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