What a shock!
Former Celtics great Dennis Johnson dies at 52
The Associated Press
February 22, 2007, 4:48 PM CST
AUSTIN, Texas — Dennis Johnson, the star NBA guard who was part of three championship teams and combined with Larry Bird in one of the great postseason plays, died Thursday after collapsing at the end of practice while coaching a developmental team. He was 52.
I’m completely ashamed that I forgot to add Dennis Johnson to the all-underrated/role player list that Casey started a couple weeks ago. And I’m saddened by the unexpected passing of someone so young … and someone who was one of those critical players on one of those great teams we followed as kids when we really became fans of the game. I remember Dennis Johnson as a critical cog to the lone Supersonics championship and probably even better on those great Celtics teams with Bird and McHale during their era of battles with the Pistons and Lakers. DJ was truly a great basketball player in all facets of the game — offense, defense, you name it. A great teammate and reportedly a real class person off the court, too. If you were going to make a basketball instructional video and could use only one player to do it, DJ would be at the top of your list — he did everything fundamentally well and was not a showboat.
Moment of silence, please, to commemorate the sudden passing of a great athlete and person from our youth. Thoughts or comments from others on Dennis Johnson are appreciated.