Dennis was one of the best forever R.I.P. U
are truly missed
My Uncle was one of the best on and off the court. He is dearly missed.
He was as intelligent point guard the nba will ever see.
Such a competitor
DJ that was my guy when he played for Boston. May the family continue to be strengthen by the most high God during their period of sorrow. He will be truly miss by ALL.
First time isaw DJ was in Tucson when Pepperdine played No.1 San Francisco in the NCAA . Nobody ever heard of him. San Fran had 2 7 footers one of whom was Bill Cartwright. DJ jumped center and won the toss and the game. I loved him and his game. As I recall Boston got him to stop Andrew Toney of Philly. Stopping Majic was a bonus. I'm watching his nephew Nick right now. Rest in peace DJ.
God is the Creator of life.Psalm 36:9 The one who gave life to all living creatures is certainly capable of restoring life to someone who has died.
TO THE DENNIS JOHNSON'S FAMILY HELLO.
MY NAME IS EARLIE JOHNSON MY FATHER'S NAME IS EARNEST JOHNSON THE BROTHER OF JOHN, EMMIT,AND JIM JOHNSON I WAS TOLD THAT DENNIS FATHER WAS ALSO EARLIE IF SO I LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU I UNDERSTAND HIS WIFE'S NAME IS DONNA.THIS IS MY E-MALIL.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
this is my first statement about my brother i really do miss talking to him an i want people to know this guy gave his all weather it was basketball or everyday life we miss u everyday my brother an one day we will b playing ball again just like old times donna i love u an the kids an hope to c u all soon
this is my first statement about my brother i really do miss talking to him an i want people to know this guy gave his all weather it was basketball or everyday life we miss u everyday my brother
I really didn't know him as well as I would have liked but I can say that I enjoyed watching him play at the park after school on the way home. And he is truely a legend and greatly missed. Hope louis and him are hanging out. LOL
As I read all these wonderful heartfelt memories every1 shares makes me feel bittersweet I'm glad I'm a talker and I luv all my family equally. UNC Dennis u were so down 2 earth chill like ur greatness came 2nd 2 u being my uncle because u were greatness I got the chance 2 B there when U were honored at the HOF and I must say it was 1 of thee best times of my life I remember being there & just being so sad 4 Auntie Donna once again bittersweet.I never n my 34yrs of life seen my Dad more nervous because he wanted 2 B perfect 4 U & I know u were there with ur hand on his shoulder as he honored U.. U R truly missed & you've got great company up there tell my brother I miss him and I love all u in heaven.. U R a Legend UNC and I'm proud 2 B a Johnson #3!
Dennis Johnson will always be an amazing talent. And so greatly missed; and what blessing for us all who had the privilege of watching him play the game that so many love. Our prayers go out to his family, friends and the entire NBA Family. "May GOD Bless; and our prayers go out for the family and friends." Blessings to All,
Today makes 4 years, still missed as if it was yesterday. Love and Peace my Love
I am @ a loss for words. Dennis was a great man! Family are in my prayers always. Donna if you happen to see this msg please contact me.This is mike,i stayed with you guys in scottsdale Az. while i attended college. i've been trying to reach you email me...NIQUEMD@YAHOO.COM...LOVE YOU!!!!
My condolences and heart goes out to the Johnson family. Dennis was and always will be my favorite celtic. I admired his way of playing ball on the court I never saw him going after his opponents in a bad way. DJ was a very under rated NBA guard. I'm so thrilled that he's been inducted into the hall of fame. It just saddens my heart that DJ couldn't have been here to witness all the fans congratulate his NBA contributions and accomplishments, as well as being happy for him. To the family, be blessed and know that the lord will ease your pain and sorrow from the lost of your loved one, as each day passes by. DJ rest in peace and know that I'm still your number one fan and cheering you onward because you have finally reach the hall of fame with the lord, and I can't imagine a better place for you than to be with Jesus:)
DJ gave us many wonderful memories when he played for the Sonics. I got to see him in action when I lived there, and he was really something!
So very proud of my little brother,I'm missing him much.
MY RESPECT AND PRAYERS GOING OUT TO THE JOHNSONS FAMILY.I DID NOT KNOW DENNIS BUT I KNEW HIS OLDER BROTHERS QUICK AND TONY FROM THE WILMINGTON AREA.I AM FROM HAWAII BUT I USED TO SHIP OUT AS A MERCHANT SEAMAN OUT OF THE WILMINGTON HALL ACROSS FROM THE BEACON LIGHT MISSION.THATS WHERE I MET QUICK AND TONY TWO OF THE JOHNSON BROTHERS.QUICK AND TONY LOOKED OUT FOR ME AND HAD MY BACK OUT IN THE STREETS OF WILMINGTON CALIFORNIA.I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT THEY BOTH DID FOR ME.I WILL REMEBER THE JOHNSON FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS AT NIGHT.GODBLESS THE JOHNSON FAMILY AND GODBLESS BOTH QUICK AND TONY .
One of the most clutch performers in NBA history. Fantastic defender with the heart of a lion. We miss you DJ, congrats on finally making the HALL !
ONCE A CELTIC, ALWAYS A CELTIC...CONGRATULATIONS TO DENNIS JOHNSON ON HIS ELECTION TO THE NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME...LIGHT ONE UP FOR #3 RED!
Dennis Johnson left us some great moments in basketball to cherish. He broke my heart many times with his excellent basketball skills. He was a rival you loved to see play against your favorite team. My sincerest thanks to his family for sharing this wonderful man with us. May the family find comfort in the promise at Psalms 37:29 "The righeous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it".
Dennis was always a nice sweet guy. I met him when he played with Phoenix and Truck. We remained friends even though we seldom saw each other, but Dennis would always be there if you needed him.
I wish his family the best because a good man has truly passed on.
I was a good friend to Dennis and he was a good friend to me. I think of him every day. If any of his friends or family would like to talk, please contact me.
This was truly a great person! The humility,& talent brought together,made such a plesant & motivating friendship. The good olde days at Pepperdine University would have not been the same without you & Donna. THANK GOD FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP!
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and miss our talks. I always loved to talk about the day you were having, what I was up to and your team and family.
Until we meet again,
Dear Johnson Family, I'm really sorry for your loss. Craig, Dean and Joey we grew up together playing at the park near Crestwood and Summerland in SP. When I first got word that DJ had gone to be with the Lord, I called my brothers Beto and Noah and we prayed for the Johnson family. I met DJ in 1979 the year he won the title with Seattle as well as the MVP.
I worked with his brother Carl in a print shop in SP. what struck me the most about DJ was how down to earth he was with everyone, he was a real gentleman on and off the court. Even when the Clippers didn't give you a much deserved opportunity to coach them, you handled yourself with dignity.
Being a life long Lakers fan, loosing to the Celtics in the 80's was painful, but it was OK only because DJ was part of the winning team. You are the only Celtic I ever rooted for.
Thank you for making such a great impression on a 17 year old back in 79'
You will truly be missed.
DJ, the heart of the Celtics! Rest easy, you left us too soon!
underneath to dj he lays it up and in!! with one second to go!!! ooo my goodness this place is goin crazy!!!!!
RED, this is your lil bra still down under with my family i have been looking at this for awhile now and the word s just dont seem to come because still it is hard for me to believe that he is really gone. Knowing that people say that Red is in a better place that is just to hard for me to see. i thought someone said red but it was just the wind as i followed i had to stop and really think as i do think of you red the smile lights up my face i am so proud to be your lil brother and hope you really understsnd. sorry i didnt tell you this i guest we all think that we have time.But family and friends just tell people what they mean to to you dont let it slip away. To all my brothers and sisters miss you and love you all and family and friends alike craig just living u know peace.
DJ was not only a great defender and clutch performer, he was a good neighbor, flashing a warm smile of greeting as he headed into his South End home. I am equally grateful for his contributions to the Celtics AND his resilience when facing life's challenges. It saddens me that he is not here to teach others this valuable life lesson in person. He is in my hall-of-fame.
Everyone is welcome to also visit Dennis site at: http://dennis.johnson.muchloved.com
Done by his family.
God Bless to all who wrote contributions and continue to bless us with your words.
You are missed and Loved DJ everyday.
gone too soon. we'll never forget you
Dennis must be smiling tonight.
I am dennis johnson oldest sister and I would like to take this time to thank all of you for your warm thoughts, are 11 brothers, and 3 sisters, we loved our brother very much, and will always miss him, thank you again for caring
It's kind of amazing that I was moved to look for a way to express what one of my favorite all time basketball players meant to me. I have been witnessing on NBA channel the last week or so the several championship series that took place in the 80's between the Celtics and the LA Lakers. We all know how great they were then and even a stronger appreciation for them now. There was a gentleman for the Celtics that I had always had an admiration for since I first saw him play with Gus Williams in Seattle. I've played baskeball and have watched the game since the late 60's with my dad who was a huge Celtic and Bill Russell fan. What I enjoyed the most about DJ was the fact that he was a winner and that he knew his role no matter where he played. I too patterned my game after his. One of the first guards since Walt Frazier (Knicks) to play the game on both ends of the court the way it was meant to be played. Hall of Fame needs to consider Dennis Johnson because of the way he played the game, which was to WIN, and he always put the team first. Thanks DJ and may God keep you and watch over your family.
To The Johnson Family,
I remember when I fell in love with the game of basketball. I remember the day I made my first basket. I also remember why I wore #24 for my school basketball team. DJ has always been my favorite player, and I am still saddened by his death. After his playing days were over, I prayed that he would get a head coaching job in the league. His style, dedication, and knowledge of the game made him worthy of that. I'm grateful I had the opportunity to meet him at the "All-Star" practice in Cleveland (1980). My prayers are with all of you, and I hope that you find comfort in knowing that DJ touched many lives. May God bless each and everyone of you.
Rest in Peace DJ, you were a great player and true Gentlemen. Ambassador of the game.
what a blessing to all the world not just the N.B.A. thank you dennis for your contribution to the sport and to all you are trully an allstar, play on in heaven
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS...GONE FAR TOO SOON............From all your fans up in Seattle,Washington.....R.I.P. "DJ"
Tomorrow will be a year since you passed away.
It's been a tough year for me as a friend and surely a terrible one for your family.
I miss talking to you about the simple things in life and hearing that wonderful laugh you had!
I miss you Dennis. We all miss you!
Until we meet again, your forever friend, Coop
Dj and family,
Being from the NW in the late 70's I can say that all of us were so excited to have our first banner of a NBA championship hangin from the rafters.DJ was the foundation of the team that led us to the championship.We were very close to winning 2 in a row. Dennis was one of my favorite players. I really appreciated his tenacious defense he put on guy's , he could put it on the best and back down from no-one. Beyond the the player on the court one of the things I appreciated the most is that you never heard bad things about DJ. He was a good man and a good citeZen. I didn't know him personally , but thank him for the memories. I wish his family the best.
Dennis Johnson was my idol. Playing High School Basketball, I patterned my game after his. I remember going to Madison Square Garden to see the Sonics play the Knicks after they won the World Championship. I arrived eary and stood baseline as the players were going through pre-game warm ups. I was thrilled to get Dennis Johnson's autograph and several close up photos (which I still have to this day) After the game, I met DJ and waited with him outside the Garden while he was awaiting a cab. He was very nice and conversated with me like we were buddies. Unfortunately my camera did not work when I enlisted someone to take a photo of us. I named my first born after him, Dennis Jerome (DJ). Dennis Johnson passed away one week after my mother. Needless to say, how crushed I was up to that point and his passing made it worse as he was a special person in my life. Rest In Peace DJ.
what an awesome player you were always a team player you will be remembered always
When he played in the Celtics, I was just a seven years old boy. He is one of the greatest players I've ever seen. I always felt excited when watching every teamwork made by him and Larry Bird on TV record. It's an art, really an art. Thank you, Dennis, I'll remember everything you made on the court.
To my family, we have lost one of our own.Dennis is now with Daddy and Mamma he flies amongst the stars where he is supposed to be,Stay strong, I Love you all!
You will be miss our love Pamela , Tronvika and Mayola and Willie
Dennis was a great basketball player. He was Mr.clutch. I lost my voice from screaming when larry stole the ball and pass it to Dj and made the shot against the pistons..
Thinking about the goodtimes we had at Dominguez Sr Hi, I'm glad I had a chance to know you.
From the Family of Dennis Johnson, We are blessed and thankful for all the kind words that friends, family and of course fans have expressed to our family. On behalf of our family we thank-you for your prayers and kind words at this time, and especially during the holiday season. God Bless to you all and Happy Holidays. Our Family has set up a tribute and memorial site for family, friends and fans at the following site: http://dennis.johnson.muchloved.com
Donna Johnson (Dennis's Widow)
I went to your retirement party the day you lifted your number high into the rafters. And i remember the smile you had, i will never forget that day.
I was in high school when DJ was playing in the pro's. We lost a good rolemodel.
I saw DJ hit a buzzer beater against the Lakers in the Forum in Los Angelas, He was at his best under pressure and I will always admire him for that.
One of the truly underated players of all time and an all around likable guy. You will be missed DJ. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Loved watching your bullet passes to Larry and of course watching Larry steal the ball and you hitting the big shot or as Johnny Most said "......And now there is a steal by Bird underneath to DJ, DJ lays it up and in! Bird stole the ball and got it to DJ at the buzzer!!!!!My God this place is going crazy!!!
You'll be missed.
Larry said D.J. was the best. That's good enough for me. Thank you D.J.
DJ we will miss you greatly you have always been my favorites player for the celtics for ever we will miss you my thoughts and prayers go out to your family thanks for all the memories
52!!! This young man brought quite a bit of excitment to the floor and though I could not stand the Celtics (back in the day!!) I loved it when he'd lick his finger tips to prepare to get into his opponents head! This is a shock! My best to his family, friends and the Bean...
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I want to take this opportunity to pass my condolences on to DJ's family. Dennis was the core of these championship teams, and every night he was given the responsibity to play defense at the highest level and deliver the ball to larry and kevin. DJ did everything quietly, and upon his death he was doing things for his team in Austin. He was developing young men for the next level. DJ will be missed and should never be forgotten by the Boston Celtics!! I can hear the chant DJ DJ DJ !!!
Oh my, what can I say! I was as shocked as any other Celtic fan to hear about Dennis Johnson passing away.He was the greatest. Thanks for the memories. It is so sad that you had to leave this world way to soon, but God had a plan for you. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Again, thanks for all of the memories.
September 18th is tomorrow.
Happy Birthday Dennis!
I miss you and I pray for you everyday.
Parts of the song 'Who Knew?' by Pink remind me of you, 'Count your blessings' as it says in the song. God knows how happy I was to speak with you, hear your voice and your wonderful laugh.
Until we meet again, your forever friend, Coop
I know this is late, however, I just found the guest book. DJ was my favorite player. I patterned my game after him. I was even called DJ during my High School playing days. I remember meeting DJ at Madison Square Garden the season after Seattle won the Championship and DJ was the MVP of the Finals. I still have the extremely close-up pictures at courtside before the game. I hung out after the game and got a chance to talk to DJ while he waited for a cab. That was the first time I ever met a professional athlete. He was so cool and really nice. Unfortunately, my camera didn't work when I had someone attempt to take a photo of us together. I still have and cherish his autograph 27 years later. DJ will forever be a part of my life as I named my only son (born in 1980) Dennis Jerome (DJ)
My sincere condolences to the family. Thanks DJ for having an impact on my life. Rest In Peace.
once again to the johnson's i will miss him too
to the johnson expecially gary i am so sorry for your lost but he is now with his SPECIAL nephew sean i know what all of you are going through not ONE day goes by i dont think of my baby love to you all
DJ was one of the greatest to ever play the game. As a life long Celtics fan thank you for the memories and the championships.
Dear Dennis, as a California born boy, I could not have been more out of place during the 80's when I rooted for you and your team mates, ESPECIALLY against the Lakers. You left me with many, many fond memories of some of the best played ball in history.
I will honor those memories the rest of my life. May your rest be peaceful.
One player I will not forget from that great Celtic's team in the 1980's. Thanks for the memories and may your soul rest in peace. You will be sadly missed.
Today, I was saddened to learn of your death. I had a deep respect for you as a professional athlete. You will be truly missed. I enjoyed watching you play the game of basketball.
To the family of Dennis Johnson my deepest condolences.The true fans of the Boston Celtics and DJ,we will miss your beautiful spirit,see you in heaven.
May you rest in peace Dennis Johnson, you were one of the great Boston Celtic players of all time, you will be truely missed.
My condolences to the family of DJ. He and the other players of the 70's and 80's inspired me to love to watch basketball. He will live forever in the B Ball Hall of Fame.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
i was sorry to hear that dj passed away i have been a celics fan all my life. i watched the celtics and dj larry bird robert parish kevin mchale hondo and all the celtics played with class.
DJ was a clutch player in big games.The Celtics and DJ in the 80's was a beautiful thing.RIP DJ.
Donna and Dewayne, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. The Johnson family was considered an everyday part of our family in the 80's when DJ played for the Suns and later for the Celtics. Dennis and Donna were very kind to my mom, who worked for them, and the rest of our family. As far as I'm concerned DJ is the best NBA guard that ever played the game. He will be missed. God bless you all.
Gosh, how I hated the Celtics in the 80's but I respected them just as much. DJ was simply the perfect compliment to his more heralded teammates. He is one the players that signified why the 80's were simply the best era in NBA history. God Bless to his family, friends and all who knew him and loved him.
I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the Johnson Family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dennis Johnson at an autograph signing at the downtown Boston Filene's soon after the 1986 championship season. He was a kind man and very funny-it was great to have met my alltime favorite player!
Another pleasure I had was attending Dennis Johnson Night when his #3 was raised to the rafters at old Boston Garden. He was the Celtic after whom I patterned my basketball style (such as it was).
His feats and skills brought joy to my life as a Boston Celtic fan. I will never forget the poke-check steal vs the Bucks in the 1987 Eastern Semi-Finals. Nor will I forget the winning jumper vs the Lakers in Game 6 of the 1985 Finals. He also neutralized Magic Johnson in the 1984 Finals and of course the Game 5 winning basket vs the Pistons in the Eastern Finals. Many were the times he'd drop in a clutch baseline fallaway jump shot or a block a shot on a crucial defensive stop. The bigger the game, the bigger he played.
The name of Dennis Johnson will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame very soon. His induction is long overdue. His body of work will remind electors of this obvious fact. Boston, Seattle, Phoenix, the NBA and the world misses Dennis Wayne Johnson.
Thanks for all of the wonderful memories, DJ. May you rest in peace.
DJ, you left us much too soon. I used to love seeing you scrambling around the parquet, as invincible as Larry, Kevin & Robert. Your strength & agility was an inspiration to us all! My deepest condolences to your family.
Perhaps the quintessential compliment to DJ and his on-court/off-court magnificence can be summed up in two words - the BEST!
Wow, I just really want to thank you for all that you have done for myself and my daughters. You helped show my little girl that strong men do exisit, and you helped guide her along the way. I feel sorrow that I only knew you fot the last two years of your life, but joy because I was blessed with that. Makyndra talks about you daily, you will forever live through her, in her thoughts and her game. Thank you for being who you are, always taking the time to talk, to give advice. Makyndra will never put on her ball girl uniform without thinking of you first, for you made it possible. Thank you Coach, you will forever be in our hearts...
Farewell to you my friend. What a wonderful game it has been.
Because of your character you'll live on. Far beyond the setting SUN or the early dawn.
We'll remember you not just as 24, or number 3. But as Dennis Johnson one of the GREATS in NBA history. You'll be missed as a Husband, Father, Coach, and Friend. But as a Fan I'll miss the game, freckles and grin.
As the buzzer sounds you put up the final shot...YOU WON THE GAME! And now our Father has called your name.
Put on your wings, now an angel you are. A Sonic, Sun, Celtic and now a SUPERSTAR!!!
My deepest sympathy to the Johnson family, especially Rene and Carl. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. I just received an email, I had no ideal! I can be reach via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. God Bless and Keep you!! Deborah Mosley-Crable.
I am sorry to hear about DJ, but God know what is best for us. I have always been proud to have a Dominguez Don make it to the NBA. May the family know, Dennis is better off than we are.
I grew up watching DJ and was in awe of his playing skills. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his family.
May God bless his family. As a teenager DJ always brought my cousin and I into Celtics games. Not only were these games good they were great. The 85 playoffs, 86 finals, great Sixers matchup just to name a few. I have pictures to prove it. Nevertheless he will be missed by all.
The silence is deafening. The calls I could count on to make me laugh and lift my spirits are done. My friend who would call just to say hello from some Arkansas town he was coaching in or airport stopover telling me about some 'knucklehead' that didn't listen during practice, to 'just rippin' and runnin' when he had errands to do, those are the moments I'm missing most and always will. I don't want to accept that you are gone. Your loss is felt by so many but we know you are in a better place! Until we meet again..
Your forever friend, Coop
DJ rest in peace my brother. your dream came true you became a basketball super star...Bert Hill
You will be greatly missed. You are one of the all time greats.
May God Bless the Johnson's family in the loss of their love one. DJ you were the Best, God Bless.
well dennis johnson you were a couldnt say nothing bad about you because you were such a great great father a great son a great person at times i cry about what happened but keep his family in prayer he will be missed but never forgotten but if you saw his nephew he looks like the younger version of him
My deepest sympathy goes out to Dennis's family, wife and children as well as his brothers whom I know very well, especially, Craig and Dean. I too had nothing but great things to say about Dennis Johnson as a Basketball player. He was a great star.
I have always been so proud to say that Dennis was a successful Comptonite and Dominguez Don alumni. We will always remember him and miss him.
In Sympathy and Friendship.
We must have faith that, in time, God will give us the answers.
May God's love fill your heart with hope,strength and peace at this very difficult time.
From the halls Roosevelt JHS to
playground pickup basketball games
to Dominguez High School.
I remember your talent and knew that some day you would be a Great NBA Player some day.
Your will to never give up on the court in playground ball earned you
It's hard to believe God called you home so early, rest in peace "D.J." your in a better place now!!
Want to say farewell to a highschool classmate, you were hero to our city and will be missed by all
On the surface, DJ touched our lives with his winning basketball skills. But his life and manner on the court provided so much more for this region. He showed us tenacity, perseverance, resiliency and leadership together with a winning attitude and abundant confidence. These are the skills most cherished by adults and kids alike. It’s hard to talk about winning championships, Hall of Fame/All-Star selections and individual stats when the true essence of DJ could be found in his character. I loved watching his smile when he was communicating with teammates. I won’t pretend to know the off-court DJ…His private life was not of interest to me. Our relationship was strictly about me watching him. While he gave me so much joy as a Celtic’s fan, I use his example today for inspiration and pride. Heartfelt condolences to his family…May his memory be a blessing.
My heartfelt condolence goes out to the Johnson Family in their time of grief. Dennis Johnson, 1954 - 2007. There’s a poem, of sorts, which has floated around the internet for several years asking each of us to question the “dashes” in our lives -- what impact we are making (or have made) between our births and our inevitable completion of live as we know it on Earth. Judging from all of the wonderful words of kindness expressed by many, the “dash” in Dennis’ life was quite meaningful.
My condolence to Dennis' family.
DENNIS, REST IN PEACE.
RIP MY BROTHER 1974 DOMINGUEZ HIGH FRIEND!
While I was at Brandeis, Celtics rookie camp I spoke with Dennis sometime in the 90's. I was asking him about a huge forward that was on the court. That player was Conrad McRae, the Syracuse star that also passed away way too early from a heart attack. I remember how the world would stop because the Celtics were on TV and my favorite DJ memories were the poke check steals, and the kick out shots from the elbow that he would never miss. He is gone much too young.
Sorry for your loss, Dennis Johnson will always be remembered. He will always be a Dominguez Dons, Red & Gold.
Well I knew DJ (Red). I could tell he would make it to the Pros. I used to watch him practice in the Dominquez H.S. Gym, of which I am also an 1973 Alumnis. He conveyed and displayed the highest sense of intelligence, at the right times.
His three dribble pump at the Free-Throw line would rip the net every time.
I also had to privledge of watching Dennis play on the Super Sonic, while stationed in the Puget Sound area. He and Freddie "Down Town" Brown seemed to dominate during those times.
I am not sure why he had to leave so soon, being only one year ahead of me, a surprise, but I am sure he will be just as professional where he has gone, as he was here with us.
My condolences must go to the Johnson family.
Dennis rest in peace.
I worked at a apartment building on Huntington ave when DJ lived there for awhile when he was with the C's.He knew each staff person by name and always took the time to stop and talk for a bit.Being a huge Celtic fan and basketball player it was a treat for me to talk to one of my idols.He will be missed.
RIP. Thanks for the memories. Forever in our hearts.
Dennis, I was at the Garden the night they hung your jersey from the rafters. I got one of the commemorative T-shirts they were giving out, but it was way too small. As a result, my son grew up wearing your Tee and you became a part of our family. I grew up listening to Russell and Cousy on the radio, and my son grew up with different stories of the same Celtic glory, and you were a big part of those stories. We will miss you.
Everybody remembers the Big Three first when talking about the 80s Celtics. But if it wasn't for DJ, they would have won only one title. DJ turned that team around after being swept in the playoffs in 1983. He made the difference and he was the glue.
My prayers are with the Johnson family. I remember Dennis at Dominguez high school he always had a basket ball around a very nice person. God Bless
My deepest condolence to the Johnson family. DJ's accomplishments following his years at Dominguez High also gave many of us great pride to say, "DJ is from Compton and he also went to Dominguez Hi". Always a fan.
It seems my memories of DJ are from Dominguez High School where he and my brother were friends. He was fierce, yet cool back then and I looked up to him. Much later, I saw him playing with fierce coolness in the NBA...I was not surprised.
D J -
Thanks for the memories and the elevating of the Don’s, you will be truly missed.
My fellow Roosevelt jr. high Lion and Dominguez high school Don...you made us proud. I still remember you around Dominguez with that basketball and freckles. To be absent from the body is to be present with the lord. RIP
To the Johnson family. Dennis showed us what can be done.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
As a 10 yr old boy Dennis became my favoite player when the Sonics lost their first champ series. I was so happy living in Phoenix when he came to the suns. I met him a few times at camp at Greenway HS. He was wonderful man and was my true role model playing basketball all through highschool. The way he played, his demeaner and grit will stay wit me the rest of my life. We were all lucky to have known him. God bless you DJ. I will never forget you.
Thanks for all the wonderful entertainment you provided in the 70's & 80's playing with all the other greats from the Celtic team. You will be greatly missed.
DJ you were the best. My one and only sports hero. To your family, I send my prayers that faith, friends, and the blessings that your memories will bring can somehow ease your pain and restore your joy. DJ rest in God's peace.
From an L.A.fan,
thank u DJ to have given all yourself to this wonderful sport.
You became a teacher of life and i'll never forget your teaching.
Now you can paly basketball into the best arena.
I miss you.
My prayers are with the family. God Bless you. I remember Dennis as a thin, afro wearing, freckle face guy with a basketball in his hand or under his arm. Dominguez High School 1972. Full of jokes and lots of fun to be around. Good memories.
I can still hear Johnny making the call, Larry Bird stole the ball, passed it to DJ, DJ makes the shot, we win the game!! He was a class act, he should be in the Hall of Fame with the rest of them!!
To the Johnson Family,
Oh, how I use to look forward to going to all of his games at the Boston Garden, watching him and Jo-Jo-White work that floor together during the Boston Celtic games. I was his Number One Fan.
Man, he was the best!!!!
He convince me to play high school basketball, Boston city leagues and at the YMCA on Huntington Avenue, where he use to come and watch the kids play. He was always in the Roxbury and Dorchester community during the summer leagues with Paul Silas.
Watching him made me a better player, stoled some of his moves too. Became the MVP through my high school days!
I always look forward to seeing him play a good games back in the day!
My praise goes out to the family.
DJ, I'm going to miss you. You was the best.
From a Bostonian that now lives in Virginia.
DJ - Thank you for being a class act and a great role model. We owe a lot to you and we are forever grateful. Tell Red we said hello and give him a big hug!
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
Aloha Johnson Family- Dennis Johnson played basketball with all of his heart. Our family has admired his team skills since his playing days at Pepperdine University in the late 70's. He made a huge impact on the NBA with Seattle, Phoenix and Boston. My condolences to the family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace "Red"
May God bless your family.
Dennis, I will most certainly miss you. I remember you back in the 80's when you played with the Supersonics. I will never forget when you were walking through the airport and I said, Dennis, you spoke and said hi. May God give your family peace.
Your journey has taken it's course.The impact, from which everyone who knew you felt, surely has left an undeniable mark in it's wake.We bear witness to the effects and in our hearts there is always an inspirational spirit that will help carry us through our own journey.God bless you Dennis (red) Johnson.
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Thanks DJ and God Bless you always. You showed us your talent not only on the basketball court but in real true life as well. You understood what it was to be a part of the Celtic Pride and also the human race. Thanks again for letting us enjoy your athletic talents while playing the game of basketball.
Our prayers are now with you and your family. Rest in peace my friend and God's peace be with you..
Bernie Fallon , Belmont Mass
I fell in love with the Celtics when I was 12 years old. I am no longer 12 and it saddens me greatly to know that Dennis is gone. It was a thing of beauty to see Dennis and Larry work the floor. He is missed already.
God broke the mold when he made Dennis...there will never be another of his ilk again.
My deepest sympathy to his wife and children...May God hold you close as you go through this time.
My Deepest Sympathy to the Johnson family . RIP DJ
DJ-you were my favorite Seattle Supersonic. When the Sonics won the Championship in 1979, you were the first one off the plane and hoisted the trophy up high before walking down the steps. I saw you several times around the neighborhood that summer, and when my friend showed me your house I thought that was so cool that you lived nearby. I had your poster in my room. You did a great job in game 7 against the Sums , western conference finals, I was there, then you spanked the Bullets. THANKS!
DJ was my favorite player and what ever team he was on, was my team. When the Celtics came to play the Bullets, I would attend the games with my die-hard Bullet fan brother and I would be wearing my special DJ green Celtic sweat shirt I had specially made. I was introduced to DJ at one of the games and he said I like that number pointing to the large 3 my shirt. I still have and always keep that sweat shirt. I remember those late night championship games and going to work the next morning half a sleep. I'll always remember how DJ jumped to the basket like he had springs on his shoes. Thanks for all the wonderful memories DJ!
I remember the teen years when we
would sneek and shoot dice in the
boys rest rooms at Dominguez High
School in Compton,CA.
He was a great crap shooter also
and I believe he could have went
pro at that also I seen him break
As a NBA Great I never seen such a winning determination in a point guard.
He would never give up until the final buzzer to end the game.
Thats why NBA Great Larry Bird loved so much about D.J.
Simply the best at his spot...no one could shut down Magic like DJ.
TO MY FRIEND DJ AND FAMILY--HOTEP---1978 BAYOU APARTMENT I MEET A REAL MAN MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THANKS LEVI (HOTEP--TONY AND CARL)
TO MY FRIEND DJ AND FAMILY--HOTEP---1978 BAYOU APARTMENT I MEET A REAL MAN MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THANKS LEVI
Thanks for all the memories
My wife and I meet DJ in a mall parking lot in Burlington, Ma in 1987. He was not your typical star, he was personable and friendly. To the Johnson Family & Friends, my condolences and prayers go out to you. God be with you.
I don't consider myself a big sports fan. I am, however, completely devoted to the Celtics and have been for over thirty years. I will never ever forget game 7 of the 1984 finals when DJ neutralized Magic and the Celts won the title. I was exiled to my friends basement for game seven, owing to my maniacal behavior during the series.
DJ was, in my opinion, the anchor of that great team. He was the teams best defender by far. Back in 1989 or 1990, I managed to sneak into the Celts locker room at MSG before their playoff game with the Knicks. DJ was the nicest guy in the locker room.
May he rest in peace with God..
Essex Fells, NJ
My heart goes out to the family and may god bless you all in this trying moment. They did a really good send off up here in seattle for DJ. the newspaper and radio.The fan here love him and so did i. You help put compton on the maps. Rest in peace Bro. God love you.
I grew up watching you DJ. Im 40 years old now, but I remember the Celtics of the 80s like it was yesterday. You, Larry, Kevin, Parish, Danny will live in my memories forever. My heart goes out to the family as they remember the father and husband, I only remember him as a player. To the Johnson family, please accept my sincere sympathy for such an un-timely tragedy. We'll miss you DJ. From PAP
It was a pleasure knowing and being classmates in Junior and High School. I have enjoyed watching and following his success throughout the NBA. My prayers are with your family at this time.
My deepest sympathy to the Johnson family. I knew Dennis as a good friend and will miss his laugh and his sweet spirit.
God Bless and keep you.
Your friend forever, Coop
From your friend which started at Dominguez High School and one of your biggest basketball fans; Please rest in peace.
Thank GOD for you and the greatness you shared with the NBA. You were always the greatest defender I have ever played against as we were growing up.
My sincere heart felt sympathy goes out to your entire family and host of many friends.
We will always remember and love you.
From the halls of Roosevelt Jr. High School, and Dominguez Sr. High,in Compton California a young freckeled faced kid played basketball with his friends on the playground, I was one of them. Then went on to become a legend in the National Basketball Association.
His Success was shared by all who called him a friend.
My condolences to the family in such a difficult time.
Rest in Peace my Brother.
I wish to express my condolences to the Johnson Family during their time of bereavement. We have truly lost an NBA Icon and Legend. May God Bless your family and give you strength to continue on.
I wish to express my condolences to the Johnson Family during their
time of bereavement. We have truly lost an NBA icon and legend. May
God Bless your family and give you strenght to continue on.
When i heard that Dennis died i was shocked i grew up watching him and all the other great players of this team. but we didn't call him Dennis we called him DJ he was a great basketball player and he gave the fans of Boston a lot to be proud of how ironnick it is that he was doing what he love to do when this happened . My heart and my prayers go out to the Johnson family and my the Lord look down apond you and easy your pain ...
I would just like to say that DJ was one hell of a defensive player. He along with Larry Bird and Robert Parrish and Kevin Mchale made a great team in Boston back in the 80's. I will miss him very much.
First of all,my deepest sympathies go out to Dennis's wife & children, family, and close friends. And also to his "Celtic" family. My favorite memory of DJ was his contribution to one of the greatest basketball games ever played (1988 Game 7 vs Atlanta). Everyone remembers the Bird vs Wilkins duel, but remember DJ (Mr. Clutch) scoring 14 points (all in the 2nd half) and icing the game with 2 crucial free throws.
I was surprised and sadden when I heard the news about my friend and basketball teammate at Dominguez High School when we were there.My heart goes out to the entire Johnson family.Dennis will be deeply missed and remembered.God Bless.
TO THE JOHNSON FAMILY
DENNIS WILL ALWAYS BE A PLEASANT MEMORY FOR THOSE THAT KNEW HIM.
R.I.P. DOMINQUEZ DON
LYNETT CLASS OF 74
Dennis Johnson. Thanks for the memories. You brought happiness, encouraged many, became famous and still remained a kind, hard working family man and community citizen. Peace, Faith & Love to the Family.
My Aunt and my dad grew up with Dennis. Dennis was an inspiration to me and I enjoyed watching the Hardwood Classics of him with the Boston Celtics.
His time on this planet was well spent. He touched millions and he is loved by millions.
The only NBA player that I had the opportunity to shake hands with (in the 1980s) at a game in St. Louis, Mo. From that moment on He was one of my favorites. My prayers are with the family. He will be missed.
Dennis was a winner. His desire to win was a reason the Celtics won two championship with him. His desire and great play will surely be missed.
Dennis was a winner. His desire to win was a reason the Celtics won two championship with him. His desire and great play will surely be missed.
My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Dennis Johnson. I didn't know Dennis Johnson personally, but I am a fan of NBA players. I have so many fond memories of Dennis and Larry Bird.
Dennis is the player that i think I am,alway put the team first,made a pass to a teammate for a easy two before thinking of taking a shot.We loss a great guard, but the lord gains a great person.
I am sorry for your family's loss. God bless your family.
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Dennis Johnson the man, but I am a fan of great NBA players past and present. He will be missed by the entire NBA family, as well as countless others. We mourn with you. I pray God's comfort for you all.
Thanks for the great memories. You were a gentlemen and a warrior. You represent what was great about the NBA. Thanks for never giving up and making the most of your God given abilities.
My lasting memory of DJ came after game 4 of the '84 Finals, one in which he had outplayed Magic Johnson on both ends of the court, enabling Boston to square what I think was the greatest NBA Final series of all time. The reporters were congratulating him afterward, asking how he did it. With a sly smile forming at the corner of his mouth and a glint in his eyes, he answered: "Me? Why, I did nothing."
When ever I think back to the days when Dennis was growing up in Compton, back before he became a superstar in the NBA. My memory and thoughts see this little 5ft.7"
kid dribbling a basketball. It seems that whenever you saw him he had that ball and was dribbling it as if someone was guarding him. we would later play together on the J.V.'s summer league team for Dominguez Hi.. He was our point guard and I #2 guard. We played for two championships that summer. Even back then, Dennis was an excellent team player. He was the "straw that stirred the drink." My Deepest Thoughts & Sympathy goes out to the family.
Donna and children,
Though I have not kept in touch with you recently, my friendship with you, Denise and the children will always have a special place in my heart...
I love you , Donna and love Dennis very much.. Glad Mike was there to help..
Rest in peace, D.J., you brought a passion and an intensity to the court that is seldom seen-it was a joy to watch you play the game the way it was meant to be played-and you showed uncommon class and team spirit, as evidenced the night you stood over a fallen teammate, backing down his much-larger attacker. thanks for leaving it all out there on the court, night after night.
Thanks to D.J. for everything.You always found a way to make your team win.The one thing I admire most about you is that you never gave up,never!Another championship awaits you,the best of the three.Thanks! "Always Pray"
You were one of the greatest basketball players of all time. You were a true Boston Celtic, a champion, and you'll always be an icon in Boston Celtics folklore.
Rest in peace.
DENNIS JOHNSON AND FAMILY
I'VE ALWAYS LOVED THE GAME OF BASKETBALL, AND I LOVE TO SEE DENNIS PLAY BACK IN THE DAY. HE IS WALKING CLOSER WITH GOD RIGHT NOW BUT HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED, MY PRAYERS IS WITH HIS FAMILY.
Rest in peace Dennis you will always be rememered for your great basketball skills.
Dennis was a great player and, perhaps, more importantly a good man.
We will never forget.
Man,I am sure glad that I had a chance to see one the best guards to suit up in a basketball uniform in these United States of America.Whether it was SEATTLE GREEN or CELTIC GREEN,I really enjoyed watching DJ play.He was a winner and he played the game hard with alot of class.He is the reason I wear the classic CELTICS and SUPERSONICS gear to this day.
May GOD BLESS DJ's FAMILY and remember Everyday Above Ground Is A Good Day.
I watch DJ from my childhood,he was a great player.He will be sadly missed.He's with Jesus now.
I enjoyed seeing Mr. Johnson play with the Celtics even though I was a Lakers Fan! He gave his best each time he was on the court. My prayers are with his family and friends.Psalms 23
DJ, one of the best with the game on the line, you always stepped up when the playoffs came around.
My fondest DJ memory is Game 4 1985 NBA Finals, cooling knocking down the 20 footer after the pass from Bird to win the game and tie the series.
Rest in Peace man from a die-hard Celtic fan from downunder.
Living in the Netherlands (europe)I have always been a great fan of the old celtics. When we talk about basketball we talk about the great celtic team in the 80's. Bird was the man but without a supporting cast like DJ he couldn't have done it. He was the player every team needs to become champions. I'll remember him like I remember the great play's of my favourite Bird.
As a teenager obsessed with basketball, I can still see DJ, Gus Williams and Freddie Brown lighting up the Bullets in 1979.
A diehard Celtic fan, I was so excited to find out that Boston had signed Dennis in 1983. Despite all of those great performances as a Celtic during the magical 80's, I believe my most vivid memory of DJ is a game-winning three pointer, falling out of bounds at the scorer's table, while playing for the Phoenix Suns. As I think about it, what a way to remember Dennis...fading away into the Valley of the Sun as one of his patented, clutch shots finds the bottom of the net. Thank you, DJ. May God bless and comfort the Johnson family during this time.
It was 1988, Game 7 against Atlanta. The first half and DJ couldn't buy a bucket, but when it came to the crunch down the stretch, DJ stepped up and did his bit to help deliver that win with some clutch baskets.
Thanks for a great memory, DJ.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thank you for the wonderful memories you left behind.
It was the fourth game of the 1984 NBA finals at the Forum in Inglewood, with the Celtics needing a win to tie the series, which I was covering. Since I live in L.A., I was ostensibly an L.A. reporter, and had the plastic season pass issued to all home writers. Having grown up in the North Shore during the Russell era, however, I was green under the purple and gold pass. With the game going badly (Celts down by 5 with less than a minute left), I started down from the top deck to the locker room for interviews. By the time I got down to the floor, though, the Celtics had tied the game. I watched the overtime from the players tunnel, with a throng of writers who also mistakenly had surmised the game was over. The OT was a see-saw battle, with each point pivotal. I remember Dennis Johnson was at the line for two particularly pressure-packed free throws. Typically, he sank both, and I remember softly shaking a fist and whispering "DJ!" almost to myself. I looked around at the other writers to see if my bias had been spotted -- and saw another L.A. writer with a plastic home pass similar to mine shaking his fist in victory, too, and uttering the same clutch player's name. We later agreed we couldn't think of anybody -- Larry Bird included -- we'd rather see take a shot for the Celts with the game on the line.
God has plans for you on His Team.
Play your position well.
As a celtic fan, my prayers go out to the Johnson family.
May god be with you and your family during your time of sorrow.
I was in the Gaaden to see Bird steal the inbound from the smirking, sloppy Isiah Thomas. I saw DJ respond by telepathy, cut to the basket, steal the game.
That's a career, right there.
But my favourite memory is of DJ at the free-throw line: bounces the ball once for each year in the league, wipes his brow, puffs out his cheeks, and sinks it slightly more often than not.
I pray that Dennis is enjoying paradise right now! He will be missed.
my condolences to the entie johnson family. Dennis played the way the game was meant to be played and im sure he conducted himself the same off the court. DEnnis will forever be remembered for his celtic pride
Our prayers are with your family during this time of bereavement.
He poked his head through the curtain, cautiously surveying the scene. I asked him what he needed. "Hey, a coke, if you don't mind...I shouldn't get up right now and I'm pretty thirsty sitting here." It was Draft Night, 1994, Boston Garden. I was next to my buddy, Bubba, an intern with the Celts, who was on the phone to Detroit to let everyone in on the news of the next pick. I brought the cold soda back, gently opened the curtain and called "DJ." He took the glass, smiled and gave a me a very convincing "thanks a lot." I took the opportunity to tell him that I was glad that he was going to be on the bench this year as the other players could certainly use someone like him around. He almost blushed...it was strange. He just said "I hope I can make a difference. Thanks again."
Larry was just a few feet away...I just smiled and remembered DJ with both hands about chest high, motioning to Larry to come to him for a hug after he had just scored THE lay-up that followed Larry's interception vs. Detroit...one of my all-time favorite Celtic moments, certainly my favorite DJ/Larry moment.
Thanks for the memories, DJ. I'll be in Springfield when they finally decide to let you in.
DJ personified all the best attributes in life(& what a Great Life) not only as a fantastic basketball player but as a never-give-up,always keep striving selfless individual.
He was the epitome of grit,determination,toughness & clutch play(as well as cool)...always giving of himself for the betterment of the team.
What a loss to the Celtics and NBA Family...but what Many Happy Memories He Gave Us...although I'm still shedding many tears as I can see the love of so many like me are too.
To the HOF committee: Do the Right thing & get him in THIS YEAR!
My Thoughts & Prayers go to His Family.
May you find peace knowing Dennis is with our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.
You were such a big part of my "first" team I followed..Larry, Danny, Dennis...Thanks for all the memories
JOHNSON FAMILY, I LOVED WATCHING DJ PLAY BALL BECAUSE HE ALWAYS MADE THINGS HAPPEN ON THE COURT, I A JUST SO SORRY HE NEVER GOT RECONIZE AS A HALL OF FAMER , HE WAS ALWAYS A NUMBER ONE HALL OF FAMER IN MY BOOK. TURN TO GOD AND PRAY HE WILL HELP YOU THROUGH THIS. GAIL TOLIIVER OF ATLANTA GEORGIA
I have fond memories of watching DJ play GREAT basketball. What a shock to hear that such a kind man has passed away. It is so sad that no one is promised tomorrow, but may the Johnson family draw comfort from the promises of the Lord Jesus at John 5:29. My sincerest condolences.
To the Johnson Family:
While we never personally met Mr. Johnson, we are distance admirers of his play, poise and professionalism. My wife and I are grateful to be here during a era of passionate profession athletic competition, which we would love to see and be impacted on the lives of today's youth. Thanks for sharing Mr. Johnson with the Boston Celtics, the NBA and the world-at-large.
My deepest sympathy to the Johnson family. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Dennis was one of the greatest players and he will be missed.
My most fondest memory of Dennis Johnson that i will never forget is the freckled face toy doll.It was cute and funny.
To The Johnson Family,
My Family And I Send You Our Condolences. DJ Will Forever Live In Our Hearts As A Legend And A Hero. Thank You DJ For All The Great Memories, We Love You.
A Great Team Player, thanks for the memories of all those great Celtic years, I & many others fans enjoyed your enthusiasm for basketball and winning.
Dennis Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving; these are some of the guys that made the NBA the greatest sport of that era. In my opinion this was the NBA's finest hour. The sport is a shadow of what it once was. Thnaks for the great memories DJ, the world needs more people like you. My prayers & thoughts are with you & your family.
he was one of the best to play the game.
My heart goes out to the Johnson Family Just remember The Lord Will Make A way.Love You All.
To the family of Dennis, may you find comfort in your hearts and peace in your souls. May his life and hard work be an example to all that he has touched, also know that he is in the best hands! God bless you all...
i wish dj had not died..he was my dad's hero and he seem so cool. i wear the jersey my dad had and i will pass it on to my son. sympathy to the johnson family.
dj should have had a longer life in nba history, he was my dads favourite.i am only 6 and i can tell he was nice man and agreat baskeball player.
To the Johnson Family,
My sympathy. He will be missed. Please accept my condolences. God bless.
MARVIN & VERSAY MOORE,
Thanks for your efforts for all those years....You are one of the all time greats....
When I think of the Celtics in the 80's and Dennis Johnson, a smile comes to my face. That was a special time and I thank you DJ for those good times that can never be duplicated. Peace!
I Remember You You NBA Head Coach is LA Clippers.
Wow! What a LOSS! Basketball has never been the same since the Celtics/Lakers Rivalry from the 80's. DJ was a GIANT part of that & was such a respected athlete. I miss those contests when athletes weren't afraid to "dive" for a loose ball. DJ was an underated player & I was very sorry to read about his death.
May his family & friends find peace knowing that DJ is in heaven whooping it up with Reggie Lewis & watching over his loved ones!
To Renee and the rest of the Johnson family,
Look to Jesus for comfort and strength. He is the only one that can help you.
Dennis Johnson is my all time favorite SuperSonic. Been saying that since before 1980. In Seattle now---everyone is saying it.
I've been a Celtics fan since the 60's, and DJ, of all of the great players through the years was undoubtedly, Number 1 in my book.
Probably one of the 10 greatest Point Guards in NBA history, much more then that, he was a man of great spirit, kindness, and the kind of leadership that brought it all together. One of the most intelligent players on the court, with astounding athletic abilities that always surprised the heck out of me.
He looked calm, cool and, even kind of quiet on court, but would suddenly burst wide open with moves and cunning that most opposing players couldn’t imagine, let alone keep up with.
Heck, how many times did his fellow teammates watch with total amazement when DJ made his moves, often times to win the game, and even more importantly, to bring the fans back into the game?
DJ exemplified that unique and exciting Celtic pride that kept fans coming, and that, after he and Larry, Danny, Bill, Kevin and the great 00 retired, disappeared from the Boston Court, and even the NBA altogether.
He will be missed, he left far too soon, GOD bless DJ, his family and loved ones!
you were the defensive stopper, the "glove" before the glove and you could score, I will miss your style of ball. bless your family
Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.
Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.
If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.
DJ was the a true professional...came to play every night...and will be missed. Thank you for the memories DJ! ..You brought smiles to many faces along the way ! RIP my friend....
I met DJ & his wife back in 1990 with my girlfriend @ the time. It was New Year's Eve and there was an event @ Stocks & Bonds (no longer around) for New Years where you get dinner & champagne toast @ midnight. We were seated @ a table next to his party & he was so unassuming and you would not even think he was professional BBall player let alone future HOFer (that's right - correct the error & vote him in ASAP). They came over & we all were dancing, laughing & having a great time - extremely nice people that made the night very special. When I heard the news my mind went right back to 1990 & immediately thought of DJ & his wife - saddened by his loss and my thoughts & prayers go out to his family. I have a lot of memories of DJ & the Celtics in '80s with championships & plays but that night in '90 will always be in my memory because it reflects on the man DJ was - a class act. You will surely be missed.
Our Lord doesn't make mistakes, so trust that DJ is in a better place.
He will be missed.
A Celtic Fan
FOR THE JOHNSON FAMILY, I PRAY THAT THE PEACE OF GOD WILL HEAL ALL YOUR HEARTS AND ENABLE YOU TO SEE A BRIGHTER DAY.
It was my privilege to live in Phoenix and Boston when DJ played in those cities. Always thought he was a thrill to watch and a very underrated player.
RIP DJ: You will be missed and never forgotten.
This truly was a shock because sometimes you wonderful where are the players of that generation. The generation when players respected each other and played as team players. My two favorite teams were the Lakers and Celtics. I never knew who I wanted to win when the Celtics and Lakers came against each other. I remembered Johnson being kinda laid back but a great player. I don't watch basketball anymore. The game isn't the same without the respect and team work. My condolences go out to Dennis' family. He was around my age which make him so young. Please remember the promise of God that there is going to be a resurrection of many. "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice." John 5:28
May the family find some peace and comfort knowing that we all loved the man they called their son, brother, father, husband. Watching him play basketball during his Celtic years was a gift that I will always cherish.
As a high school basketball coach who grew up on the great Celtic teams of the 80's, Deej symbolized the fundemental intagible that drives all winning players: the ablility and desire to make your teammates better. He was the nucleus of an evolutionarily advanced organism. I would do well to have my team watch tape of Dennis Johnson for two hours tomorrow afternoon in place of practice.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
Doing the Toros open house in oct of 06, DJ taught basic skills to the kids including my son for one hour. He then sat a table with my sister and I for 30 minutes talking about life. His team, relocating his family from so-cal to austin and passing of Red. I have met many pro athelics none as humble, sincere and nice as DJ. God bless and keep you and your family.
Wow...DJ was a special man to alot of people. I'll say a prayer for DJ and his family tonight. Rest in Peace my man....
A true gentleman and dedicated player. He played when the NBA meant something. I was a big fan of the 70-80's Celtics. I was able to see DJ play both in Detroit and Boston. I have 2 chairs from the "Garden" to always remember that era. God Bless you! I'll always remember that big smile you have. Smoke a cigar with Red.... A Celtics fan in Michigan.
My condolences to the Johnson family. I went to school with DJs brother, Craig and his brother Charlie was the basketball coach. My thoughts are will all of you. and to Mrs. Johnson, you raised a terrific family!
Paula Gaechter Class of '82
Good man gone but never forgotten!
My condolences to the Johnson family during this difficult time. You will be missed.
DJ was a good man and will be missed. He was a terrific Celtic and a great basketball player. He should be in the NBA Hall of Fame. Thanks DJ for all the terrific memories!
My Prayers are the Johnson Family. DJ was a great player
" in his 12th year, out of Pepperdine, #3, Dennis Johnson". D.J., you will be missed. Mr. clutch and "all world" defensively. My heart and prayers go out to your family.
I am a born and bred Bostonian who knew when DJ, Bird, and the rest were playing, we were looking at an era that we wouldn't forget. If Bird, Mchale, and Parish were the muscle, DJ was the heart. Though I now live in Southern California, I am and always will be a DJ and Celtics fan. RIP
Unfortunately, I did not know you personally. I can only speak to how you affected me as a fan of the Celtics. You taught me that effort and hard work count, and that you don't have to call attention to yourself to be a great player (or a great man). Thank you, DJ. Please say "Hi" to Red, Reggie, Johny, Len and the rest of the Celtics family. We will never forget you.
I am completly shocked and sad.Mr. Johnson was to young to die. I was hoping and counting on him to coach my beloved celtics one day. RIP . I will always remember you as a great player and a great person. Iron
Thank you Mr Johnson For being a
good Spirit in life.
My deepest sympathy to the Johnson Family.
Dennis Johnson was a great basketball player and his skill was integral to the championships of the Boston Celtics. I hope to see his name soon in the Hall of Fame.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
In My Pocket
I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.
My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.
They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.
Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.
But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
I DIDNT KNOW YOU BUT MY BROTHER DID HE ALSO RESTING WITH THE LORD AND MY BROTHER IS ALREADY INVITED YOU TO A GAME OF BASKETBALL
I was working the press gate in Phoenix in the late 70's, as an usher. Dennis came up to me before the game with two tickets and told me to give the tickets to someone who wanted to get into the game and couldn't afford them. He was a very gracious man!
I was shocked and saddened by the news of DJ's death. I had the pleasure of watching DJ play at the Garden with the best NBA team of my time. My sincere condolences to the Johnson family! Denise from Boston
D.J. was one of the great defensive gaurds of his era, a true champion! My deepest sympathy go out to his wife and kids
February 23, 2007
Upon learning of Mr. Johnson's passing I walked across the street to the school yard and shot around for an hour in reflective silence. I will remeber Dennis always as a stedy helmsman on those great Celtic teams.
Rest in Peace and thanks for all those great memories.
Hussle. Attitude. Pride. Attributes of DJ. My all time favorite Celtic. He just knew the game. His focus, teamwork, smile and strut' - there will be no other. He shall remain a Celtic legend in our hearts forever. To his teammates, family and friends - may it not be too long for our hearts to be filled with true Celtic pride the day he is honored in the Hall of Fame. Thank you DJ.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Dennis's family, friends and fans. He will be missed by all. God Bless.
DJ....you were so great. So young and your talent was superb. You gave so much in a short period of time. I will miss you!
Wichita Kansas (formerly..Seattle, Washington)
I wish to send my condolences to the family of Dennis Johnson. He was my favorite player on the Boston Celtics even though I was a Cleveland Cavalier fan. I am sure he will be missed by all his family and friends. May God bless and watch over you and comfort you during this time in your lives.
Like NBA fans everywhere, I am saddened by the death of a gracious man and basketball icon. My sincerest condolences to the family of Dennis Johnson. It was just a few a months ago when Mr. and Mrs. Johnson walked into my office to preview new homes. As I showered him with praises for his on-court expliots, he responded with his classic and humble manner by saying, "thank you very much", he instinctively changed the subject by asking me about my family. And that was my first time of meeting him in person. His wife was just as nice and down-to-earth. Mr. Dennis Johnson shall be forever missed.
DJ will be in the HOF one day, but for me being a Celtic Legend is bigger than being in the HOF. Just look at Paul Pierce. One day he may may very well be inthe HOF but he will never be and is far from a Celtic Legend. DJ, you are a Celtic Legend!!!
Growing up in New England, I am a huge Celtics fan. No one could ever fill DJ's shoes. Living in Austin my son and I had the pleasure to meet him. A wonderful man who will be surely be missed. God surely has a great point guard for his team now.Thanks for the memories.
I was very sadden to hear of the passing of DJ.He was one of the BEST players in the NBA.His great basketball skills will remain in our memories forever.May God Bless you while you and your family go through this difficult time.We will keep you in our prayers.
I loved watching Johnson and the Celtics as a kid in the 80's. I got to meet him unexpectedly when he spoke at Reagan High School in the fall of 2006 when he came and spoke to the kids there. I had no idea what a down-to-earth guy he was. I was very inspired by who he was as a person and how generous he was with his time with the kids. I am very sad that he is gone.
Growing up in Boston, I ve been a diehard Celtics fan since the days of Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, The Jones Boys, KC and Sam, Tom Heinsohn...through the Havlicek years...all those great teams. In 1982, I moved to Austin, and remained of course, a Celts fan. That team with Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Danny Ainge, Kevin McHale and DJ was as good a team as Id ever seen. Dennis Johnson seemed to epitomize the spirit, the hustle, and that never say die attitude that is the legacy of Red and the Celtics. Its inspirational on the court, and in life. When I saw DJ was coming to Austin to coach the Toros, I knew that he'd be passing on that wealth of knowledge that he got , partly from the Celts.
I m sorry I hadnt gotten to see his team play.
I loved watching you play, DJ...thank you.
All of Boston, and Austin too, thank you. Peace
DJ was one of the best players to ever play in the NBA...All-NBA in '79...he stopped majic in 84...and when Bird stole the ball DJ was there to lay it in...but even better DJ was a great guy...you will be missed
Dennis Johnson was my all time favorite player. One of the greats, no question. God bless & God Speed, DJ.
DJ was one of my favorite Celtics when i was growing up in the mid-80's. I would imitate his freethrow routine constantly and i will always remember his defense and clutch play in the playoffs. My dad would take me to the Garden and the first one i would always look for besides Larry was DJ. Rest In Peace DJ.
I was sadden to learn of DJ's Death, but the thought of the everlasting memories and his legacy of goodwill shall remain in the hearts and minds of many for decades to come.
My sincerest condolences to the family of Dennis Johnson. Although I am not a sports fan, my dear husband Gary was. Gary died on 2/9/07 of cardiac arrest, he was 51 and the picture of health. My daughters and I know the pain you are feeling at this time and wish you comfort in your loss.
May you rest in peace and be a great guard on that all-heaven team.
DJ was my favorite player on the Seattle Supersonics team and his brilliant moves were instrumental in that exciting championship series back in 1979. On a flight to Phoenix in 1983, the Celtics were on board and I was thrilled to be in the presence of my basketball hero. My thoughts are with DJ's family and friends at this time. The world has lost a great sportsman and a fine human being, too soon.
As a black kid growing up in Roxbury, the Celtics had a tag of being a "white" team and a lot a black kids in Boston didn't like them as a result. Now, I loved all my Celtics -- white and black -- but DJ and Parrish were my absolute heroes. As the city was still recovering from the racial strife of busing and violence, this group of men showed that team can transcend race and I think the Celtics, thanks to DJ and his teammates helped the city more than they can know. Thank you DJ for the wonderful memories, for your leadership, and for the inspiration you provided for me and a lot of other black kids in Roxbury, Dorchester and throughout the nation. Rest in Peace.
I remember my husband and son watching the Celtic games on the weekends or late at night and they were so into being fans, that I eventually became a fan. One of my favorite players was Dennis Johnson. He seemed to me (a novice) as if he was always in control of the game. He and Larry Bird worked so well together and I know my husband and son thought the world of him. My condolences to his loving family and friends. May he rest in peace.
What great memories of DJ when he played for the Celtics. There won't be another like him.
I pray for his wife and family. May the Lord comfort you in your loss, and may you find strength and peace in Christ.
TRULY A CLASS ACT! THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION AND THE WORLD HAS LOST A GREAT ONE.
Say it isn't so. It is much too hard to believe. Your greatest legacy other than Basketball is that you will be missed and never forgotten by all-Fans, friends, & family. Among my greatest memories are watching you and the Celtic team. My sincerest condolences to the Johnson family. Godspeed, DJ
Each day is not promised nor can we determine when our life will end. A time has been set by Jehovah to resurrect those in his memory. May the God of comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5) bring you comfort at this time.
Hey DJ.....Thanks for all the exciting moments.....basketball has lost a great one.....gonna miss ya
Among all those Celtics greats who played in the 80s with you, you were my favorite, DJ. The smile, the freckles, the unrelenting defense, the clutch passing and shooting. You guys spoiled us for basketball in New England. I remember exactly where I was when you streaked down the lane and buried the opposite-handed lay-up on the pass from Bird. ...I'll miss you DJ. Deepest condolences to your family and friends. Thanks for the memories #3.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
I saw DJ a few weeks ago, in early February, in Albertsons grocery store in Oak Hill.
I immediately recognized him, walked right up to him and said, "You were one hell of a basketball player." He said, "Thank you." I said,'I loved your game except what you used to do to my Knicks." He said, "I used to love to play in the Garden." He seemed pretty humble or at least not irritated by strangers coming up and talking to him.
I was very sad to learn about DJ, especially being only 52. I am 41 now and i remember what a great, tough, clutch, physical player he was and a big part of 3 title teams with seattle and boston. He was always one of my favorite and most respected players in any sport. He was just cold blooded in the biggest moments, like david ortiz and tough as nails like steve grogan. They shouldnt have a hall of fame if he is not in it. I have also heard how funny and how great a teammate he was. For those of us who worshipped the celtics of that era, this is a huge loss of a great champion. We all love and miss you #3, you epitomized championship toughness and savvy...sincerest condolences to his family, leo derosia warren NH
I would like to offer my condolences to the Johnson family and to let them how much enjoyment Dennis and the rest of the Celtic team gave to me and my two young sons at that time. I know that God has a special place for Deniis .
God bless him and his family.
He wasn't fancy but he played very very hard. He sought no glory but did everything for his team to win. He didn't whine, he kept his mouth shut, and he gave nothing away. A real pro, and as important a part of the Celtics 80s dynasty as any of the others.
All I can day is WOW. DJ, you have so many people that admired you from so many places all over our country. What a legacy. I wish you could give us your cocky smile once again. You were a great player and more importantly,a great person in Boston. Red loved you and so didn't the fans. You will always be part of something so very special in Boston Celtics history. Love you forever.
One of the absolute best to ever play the game. His numbers didn't tell the entire story. He should have been in the HOF already. Looking back at highlights of DJ and the Celtics of the '80s over the past day brought back a lot of fond memories of the glory days of the Celts and the NBA. Outside of Bird, DJ was the guy you wanted with the ball in his hands at the end of the game. He'd almost always deliver. R.I.P. #3!
How can I thank you for the memorable games I watched with my children and father, games that will never be matched with your intensity on defense playing with Larry, Kevin,Robert and Danny!! We'll miss you DJ!
"Red", as he was known in Compton, Ca. was MY GUY. I tried to play like he did, with that ferociousness that willed his teams to win. It was a point of pride for me to take the other teams best scorer and lock him up, just like DJ did. He was best appreciated by basketball purists who recognized what he could contribute. He wasn't flashy. He just came into your house to rip your heart out and throw it on the shiny floor. I still contend that there wasn't a better rebounding 2 guard to have ever played.
As a coach, I used him as an example of how to get after it. When the dirty work needed to be done, Dennis could be counted on to lace 'em up a little tighter and go.
I had a chance to chill with him during the Summer Pro League in Long Beach. I had introduced myself to him a year earlier when he was coaching the Clippers summer team.
A year later and we were talking hoops. We talked about his years in Seattle, we talked about how Bill Russell, his first coach, wanted him to be part of that team. We talked about his tussles with Paul Silas during the '78-'79 season. We talked about what was right and what was wrong with pro basketball today.
We both agreed that Paul Silas didn't get the credit he deserved for the Seattle championship and that the three point shot had screwed the game up.
A warrior is measured by the strength of his foe. And, the battles with the Showtime Lakers permantely sealed DJ's place as a warrior for the ages.
Boston knew him as #3. Seattle remembers him as #24. But on both coasts tonight, we mourn DJ - truly a players player
I got a bad feeling when DJ was pictured atop the Celtics page on boston.com this morning. Of course I remembered the poke checks, the hitch-in-his-getalong slow procession up the court with Johnny saying he fiddled and diddled, and the '87 layup--left side, right-handed, back to the basket (degree of difficulty very high), with me doing the play-by-play for a friend on the phone as I watched on TV. I had forgotten about the bullet pass off the dribble down the lane for a Bird layup, the "or so.." of his live interviews, and the free throw routine including the wrist across the forehead. Man we watched a lot of great basketball. Sigh. Bet he gets voted into the HoF next year.
While I remember him from the '78-79 Sonics teams, he was a different player in Boston. The hops were gone, but he had a basketball IQ about Larry's. A friend and I watched hundreds of games in the old Gahden from the cheap seats we got by sleeping on the sidewalk the night before tickets went on sale for the season. After the '83 Milwaukee debacle we were pretty down; Tiny I had though was irreplaceable. But DJ was the new marshal in town, and the rest of the boys got in line. Those cold nights on the North End pavement were worth it. My friend reminded me today of his occasional walkabout games, where he took no shots. Zero. Nada. He'd fill up the other stats though, with assists steals and rebounds. We knew he suffered, but also knew that he rarely took it out on others and was sorry when he did. And when he was happy he had a megawatt smile. Here's hoping that he worked through his suffering, and that his joys will stay with his friends and family for the rest of their days.
Tom Lum Forest
My thoughts & prayers to the immediate family and the Celtics family. I was absolutely speechless when I saw the story on CNN. First thing I had to do was call my older brother who got me hooked on the NBA, more so the Celtics than anything, when I was only 11 years old - 36 years ago. We were NY'ers but there was nothing better than the Celtics in the 70's!!
This is like losing part of our past. This is is a great loss on many levels for everyone that knew him and the future of the game. I grew up watching DJ & the rest of that incredible Celtics team from "way back when". The likes of that kind of passing up and down the court and rushing the basket almost without even looking at each other will never be seen again and I can see it like yesterday. That team from "way back when" when it really was about the game, the journey getting there, about being humble to be part of that team, making each other look good and having your guys backs. It was a dynasty from a time long gone and a caliber of sportsmanship and friendship we haven't seen since and probably won't again. Not in the days of strikes, grandstanding, chasing down fans and trying to set records.
I was sooo sooooo glad DJ was coaching as I am to see other former Celtics coaching as well as other NBA players from that generation...maybe there is hope. I knew he would instill in his players the right values and character as well as bring out the best in their skills. His players had to have been awestruck to have him as their coach. DJ set an example for everyone on and off the court.
Sure the NBA lost an incredible player & sportsman, as people we've lost a shining example of character and humanity and his family has lost so very much more. Behind every good man is a great family. I've been there, as many people have, and know it seems unimaginable to think of getting through the next few days let alone through life without him. He was way too young and it wasn't supposed to be this way, was it?
He's in the right place, playing on a new team and we all know who his coach is don't we? There has to be a smile and a twinkle in the eye when you think of them together again and know that Irish Eyes are smiling...if we could only see that game and the smile on their faces. I am so so sorry for your loss - God Bless.
I feel like a small part of me died w/ DJ. So many memories -- he epitomized team work and did all the hard things that don't always show up in the stats. A winner all the way.
Without a doubt, DJ was always my favorite Celtic. It wasn't just his skill but his heart and smile that I will always remember. We are all a little sadder without him but better for knowing him at all. Thanks DJ
thanks DJ for the great career, the memories will live forever RIP Dennis
A young lover of basketball I didn't know much about DJ until it was too late. I did a search on him and found the many postitives that he brought to the team not only on the court, but behind the scenes. He was a captain on the court, a man who's destiny was to become a coach and a life long lover of basketball. I hope that his life will long be remembered for his playing style and a team attitude.
Dennis will always be a Hall of Famer in our hearts. He was a very special friend to my husband and I as we met with him after many DC area games and L.A. games since he was a Super Sonic and up to when he coached the Clippers. We are stung by his sudden passing, but know we will see him again in heaven. Our condolences to his family. We loved this great, great guy. Hilda and Alvin White
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the Johnson Family. Dennis, Thanks for all the good times we had growing up in San Pedro, I will always remember you as a very good friend & a true homeboy. God Bless you & Rest in Peace. Love you man !!!
52 years is way too young... yet he leaves a legacy of greatness, a loving family, many friends and a host of memories to his fans! The thoughts and prayers of many are with his family at this time of sorrow.
Those Sunday afternoon games in the '80s will forever be etched in my mind. God bless you Dennis and your family.
I'm not sure I could pick my one favorite DJ memory; there were just too many. I will never forget his presence on the floor, his ability to take over when we needed him, and the total and utter confidence we had that when DJ was on the floor, good things would happen for the Celts. My deepest sympathy to his family. We love you, DJ.
Dennis was part of the NBA best era of basketball so you can't for get him. I miss players like him.
As a Sonics fan, I remember DJ from the glory years of the late 1970's. The Sonics were heroes to all of us, and 300,000 people lined up for the victory parade in 1979, one of Seattle's seminal events.
What many people might not remember is what happened the year before. In 1978 the Sonics faced Washington in the finals and had game 7 at home, but the Bullets upset the Sonics as DJ missed all his shots, going 0 for 14. I bring that up because I think going 0 for 14 in a game 7 situation might have ruined a lot of players. But not DJ. He did not lose confidence in himself, he just worked harder and harder, and was the MVP the next year. I can't quote the whole article, but there is a great article on the Sonics web site about this.
I believe that the 1978-79 season was the turning point of his career.
Flat out - D.J. was the man. The Celtics don't win any championships in the 80's w/ out him. He was one of the best big game players to ever wear a Boston uniform of any kind. In the end, isn't that what matters most. D.J. always rose to the occasion and the bigger the game, the better he played. He will always be my favorite Celtic of the 80,s and he (not Bird, not Mchale etc...) is the guy I want taking the shot with everything on the line.
D.J. - thanks for the memories. You were awesome!
First, I extend my deepest sympathy to the Johnson Family. After shedding many tears, there are so many memories of DJ, a true Celtic. I had a chance to meet DJ at a mall in CT after the Celtics played in Hartford the night before. There was a little boy in front of me waiting in line. He placed a plastic container of basketball cards on the table for DJ to sign. I was quite impressed because the last signature was as neat as the first. DJ took his time speaking with everyone who had waited in line to say a few words to him. It was a pleasure to tell DJ that even though he didn't get enough ink, he was still a vital/key component to the Celtics success and I wanted him to know just that. I thanked him for appearing at the mall so that the fans could express their gratitude to his greatness. He cracked the biggest smile and thanked me for the kind words.
DJ was a Celtic through and through. Although it's difficult to select one particular quality that DJ possessed... I have the image of him stealing the ball from so many opponents. DJ is remembered as a classy individual who took pride in his work, demonstrated tenacious defense and provided a lifetime of memories in the hearts of all Celtic fans. It is a very, very sad day. I will undoubtedly shed more tears watching my Home of the Brave/Sweet Sixteen video, but that's ok because DJ was special. May you rest in peace and you will always be in the hearts of all Celtic fans. Thank you for the memories and championships!
DJ was man enough to take on the opponents toughest and most prolific scorer, each and every night. Where most of his peers in the NBA might run from this challenge, DJ welcomed it.
A true Celtic, my memories of DJ will always be his timely baskets when it mattered most, in the clutch. On a team of such greats, DJ was always one of my favorites. He will be missed.
May God bless DJ. He was a joy to watch and a class act. I am the same age as him, and know his family feels a great loss.
As a Laker Fan there was no better time than those great years in the 1980's watching DJ and Magic battle it out and moaning while DJ hits the game winner in the forum. It sadden me that he never got his due as a top 50 player and a hall of famer. Hopefully he'll get his due now. Rest in Peace Mr D.J.
Reading the notes from TX reminds me why I have tears in my eyes right now. We love you DJ
DJ, you will certainly be missed. I remember the days when you, Bird, McHale, Parish and Ainge ruled basketball. With my then 1 year old son sitting on my lap listening to Johnny Most screaming "Bird stole the ball", and DJ puts it in the basket will forever be embedded in my mind. After that game and from that day forward, I began calling my son Adam, DJ. He now stands 6'7 and is the head manager of the Western Carolina basketball team, and we still call him DJ even though his given name is Adam. DJ, you brought the city of Boston much to cheer about over the years, and we will certainly miss you. However, your name will always live on in our family. Thanks for the great Celtic years. Paul, Karen, Adam (DJ), Jessica, and Karen, NC
Dennis Johnson lit up my Sunday afternoon's when he would repeatedly snuff the hope and lights out of his opponents. All fans and people of this era will miss your electric smile. God bless your family.
I was so sad to hear of DJ's passing. He was my favorite player because he ran the show. He was "THE MAN" when the Celts needed him most. Rest in peace DJ, and God bless your wife and children. May He help your family in this most difficult time, and may they always feel your presence at their side.
God Bless the Johnson family now and forever. May his peace surround you always and especially at this time of sorrow.
Sincere sympathy to his family. What a wonderful player. Never saw him live but admired him on TV for many years. May he rest in peace. Carl Duggan - an Irish Cs fan.
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire families in your time of need. I met Dennis as a young girl in the PI's and knew nothing of basketball. I remember me saying "this is a GUYS game girls dont play baskeball". He laughed with that funny laugh that made you laugh. He said " you can be anything you want to be always strive to be the best. "Knock the doors down, and they will follow. I've always kept that with me growing up. Here we are 2007 and we have the WNBA. God Bless
Veronica Patterson-Page (Rhonnie)
DJ was my age and we followed his whole career in the NBA and just loved how smooth and good DJ was. I will never forget the passes to Birdman and all the excitement you gave us. May God bless your soul
Dennis was always my favorite. I cheered on the Sonics when he led them to the Championship and when he ended up in Boston I became a Celtic fan. I used to watch his play because it was more interesting to watch. Keeping an eye on DJ you would understand the intricacies of B-ball better then just watching the shotters.Defensive specialists are just not as appreciated as they should be. Why isn't he in the Hall of Fame? I was looking forward to seeing his coaching career. Rest in peace DJ, from one of your oldest fans. P.S. I hope someone gets these comments to his family, allot of nice things said here today.
A true professional. Well done.
Talk about a "Money" player... What a pleasure it was to watch DJ play. Larry Bird got it right...DJ was one of the best teammates ever!
Godspeed to a great athlete and gentleman!
He was a great guy and our sympathy goes out to his family. We got the opportunity to meet him and get his autograph and visit with him in Bismarck, North Dakota. My dad was a Celtics fan back when he played.
god bless you DJ. i hope your standing next to red arm and arm. you were a true celtic
you will be sadly missed in boston,my brother's were real celtic fan's and i alway's remember hearing them yelling his name during the games. for now #3 has moved on
I remember DJ at Pepperdine; I saw him play against the Lakers years ago at the LA Forum, hard to believe it was his time to pass on. Rest in peace D.J.
To Coach Johnson's Family,
I want to say that I was honored in
meeting and knowing your hushand and
father the last two years. I followed his career as fan during his playing days with the Celtics. To know him later as person, was a live long dream. I got to meet your husband and father just in the last two years. I worked at a Recreation center where the Toros practiced at. I learned alot from him by watching him conduct the practices and just talking to him about the simplest things. I thank him for his friendship and just being a simple man. God has a new Angel and a new friend. I will pray for you and your family.
Memories of DJ:
A bullet pass from the top of the key to Larry Bird for a layup.
Signing autograph's at a Celtic's summer camp,for many children, my son included. Smiling and joking with them as he was signing.
D.J., you will be missed. I used to watch you at the Garden!! My Dad used to take me to see you, Larry, Danny, Kevin, etc. I am sorry I never made it to a Toros game, I was looking forward to seeing you on the court again, even if was on the sidelines. You will be missed by all....
I couldn't watch the games due to choir practice DJ was the only celtic
to sign a card for a friend who knew I was a huge celtic fan.Rest in
God's loving arms Dennis.You were a true Celtic.
DJ(#3)became my favorite basketball player while living in Boston in the 80's!!! I cut out every picture and article of him from the Boston Globe and it turned into quite a large collection of which I am very proud. I will always remember the two times I got DJ's autograph and the time that Chris Ford took my picture standing with DJ when he was assistant coach for the Celtics!! (I was wearing a Johnson jersey at the time!) I remember he dribbled the b-ball the number of years he was in the league before each free throw attempt. I will miss him and I can't believe he is gone. Thanks for the memories Dennis!! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
I loved DJ. He was my favorite Celt growing up. I played lots of ball and tried to model my game after his. Defense and clutch shooting were equally important. I worked on the Bull Gang the year DJ was rumored to be retired. He could be fiery. I saw him walk by me at seasons end and I asked him if he was retiring this year. He said, where did you hear that? I told him I read it in the Globe. He said don't believe everything you read. I think he played one more season.
My prayers go out to his family. We'll miss you DJ.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of D.J. I grew up a Boston Celtic's fan because of D.J., Bird and the rest of that great team. He was one of the old school players that made the game exciting and fun. I don't follow the NBA now, but all of my memories are from the 80's and particularly when D.J. led the Celtics.
DJ was someone you could call a'gentle giant' , he was a phenomenal basketballer and it's still like a dream that he's dead at such a young age.May God be with his family and may his soul rest in peace.
god bless your family and give them the strength they need at this time. god said he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Dear Dennis Johnson Family, I am sorry for your loss. I think that Dennis was a great man. He was a Five Time NBA All Star. He played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle Sonics and the LA Clippers. He played hard in the NBA Finals in 1968 and 1981. He was a very good basketball player, until he retired in 1990. My prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Matthew Wright
God bless you, DJ. You were always overshadowed by Bird, McHale and Parrish, but you were the engine that ran those great Celtics teams in the 1980s.
I was a young Pistons fan when D.J. broke my heart!!! An amazing talent!! Rest In Peace
I was fortunate enough to have been a sports photographer during my days at UMASS. Jeff Twiss and Tod Roseinwig were kind enough to let me meet my boyhood idols whenever I was in Boston. Bird was always my hero and Max & Kevin were always so easy to talk to (as was M.L and Danny), but it was DJ who was the most special person/athlete. He was the one that had Larry's grit and tenacity for being a clutch player. Diving here, taking a charge there. He always seemed to make the BIG plays. But, where Bird was guarded in talking to strangers, DJ was as easy going as Max and ML Carr without all the joking. He handled himself with such class and treated those outsiders such as myself as if we belonged during those few minutes when our paths crossed. I learned so much from him, that I find myself influenced by those brief encounters so many later. I cried when I heard the news last night. I wept for the loss of the man. The basketball player had long been a fixture of my youth, but the man and how he lived will always be a part of me.
DJ was a great player and person who will be missed. I do not follow basketball like I did when he and the other Celtic greats played because it is just not the same.
My deepest sympathies go out to DJ and his family. We lost a great one. Everyone remembers that great lay up agaist Detroit in 1987, and to me it shows what kind of player he was. He was always there when you needed him.
DJ you were one of a kind. There was nobody before or since that could play D like you. I miss the days you could strip the ball at center court. Best of luck with the next leg of your journey. Say Hi to Red and Johnny
DJ was always my favorite Celtic: tenacious on defense, fearless shooter with the game on the line, precision passer and playmaker... I loved watching him play, those long arms flicking the ball away from opponents, outrebounding bigger men because he wanted it more. If there's justice in this world, DJ will make it into the Hall of Fame. It's a shame the honor will be posthumous. May you find peace, DJ - I'll never forget you!
The memory of Bird,Parrish, McCale, Ainge,and DJ are fresh as if it was yesterday that the great Celtic tandem were winning those championships. I am stunned by the news of Dennis' passing. During the 80's heyday, I was a Hawks fan. We Hawk fans thought (mistakenly) that we had a chance with Dominique and company, but the Celtics were great in every aspect. DJ was the quiet leader, but what a man he was on and off the court. He was one of the greatest, smartest players ever, and one fine human being. I never read one negative comment about him in the media. To the Johnson family, our prayers for you. But know that DJ set the example on how to play the game, and how to live life away from the court. We loved him...God bless you Johnson family, and thanks DJ for all of those b-ball memories.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson Family. I loved the Boston Celtics and always enjoyed watching DJ on the court. Always a fan!!
To DJ and Family, This Man brought me so many emotions,watching Dennis play with the Celtics, not just His great Teamates at the time,just knowing with Dennis in the game anything could happen. Sometimes I would be on the edge of my seat yelling at DJ to get the ball in the hoop after missing so many. Then out of nowhere a shot or a defensive moved brought a win to us. Once again, clapping at the end for DJ. Rest in Peace Dennis you made my life watching sports so exciting. Your a Great Man.
My most lasting memory of DJ was his finishing the play on Larry's steal against Detroit. At the time I was listening on the radio in a supermarket parking lot. I think I scared two ladies in the car next to mine when DJ scored. He was the consummate professional and a quiet leader. While watching our young Celtics struggle in the end of games this year I have thought, God we could use DJ right now. With DJ you knew you were in good hands. My condolences to the family.
I am disappointed that Dennis Johnson's rightful enshrinement into the HOF will now have to come posthumously. On a team of superstars, DJ represented a type of quiet leadership and class that is rarely seen in professional sports today. Its comforting to know that his #3 will forever hang from the rafters of the Garden.
We'll miss you, DJ.
I loved the way DJ shot free throws especially when the game was on the line. He would dribble the ball four or five times, spin the ball between his hands, cradle it like a football, deep breath and exhale, swish.
Dennis Johnson should be in the NBA's Hall of Fame. More importantly he was a great individual. He is fullfilling a greater purpose now. Rest in Peace DJ.
I became a fan when he won the Finals MVP in his first year. When he came to the Celts, I was overjoyed. He is with all due respect to Cousey, White, and others the best guard the Celts have ever had, and easily deserves entrance to the HOF
We used to imitate Johnny Most while playing on the school court. "DJ to Larry Bird for the 3!!!!" "Now there's a steal by Bird! Underneath to DJ! He lays it up and in!!." DJ and Bird were always the heros.
I am a fan of Dennis Johnson I watched him play basketball in his Seattle and Celtics days, he was an all around great basketball player, my condolces goes out to his Family. God bless
The layup against Detroit is one of the most exciting plays I haver ever seen, I was only 8 and it´s still thrills me! We´ll miss you DJ!!!!
No one played or is playing like D.J. Intelligent, hard nose, no nonsense, team player. I was not a Celtic fan but I really appreciated his game and professionalism.
Dennis was the Rock of Gibraltar on defense when he played with Danny, Larry, and Kevin. When I got to know him after he became an assistant coach in the mid-90's, he was the Minister of Defense. He longed to be a head coach in the NBA, and the league has been deprived of a good one—maybe a great one.
As a life long Celtics fan it is a such a sad day, so many great memories and DJ was part of so many of them. I was at the game when they retired his number which was such a great night. My condolences to his family.
I was stunned to hear of DJ's passing. I loved the way he played the game, with class, dignity, and passion. But most of all he was a team player, something you see very little of these days. Rest in Peace, DJ!
One of the greatest clutch players I ever saw. Lets not forget who was on the other end of Bird's steal against the Pistons. And he did it all with grace and a smile.
I truly enjoyed watching Mr. Johnson run the offense, He was one of the best at his craft. Keeping coaching in Heaven Dennis. God Bless You and Your Family.
DJ I miss you already. Loved watching you play in Seattle and Boston, except when you beat the Rockets in the NBA finals. Rest in peace.
DJ, You directed the greatest team in basketball history, the '86 Celtics. To this day, that great Celtics team remains for me the yardstick by which all other teams are measured. You will be in the HOF some day. I was hoping you'd be around when that day came. RIP.
Growing up in Montana a HUGE Celtics fan, I moved to MA in 1983 and felt as if I had reached the center of the sports galaxy, and for basketball I had! My greatest sports thrill (next to the Red Sox winning the '04 WS!!) was being at Game 5 in 1987. I was sitting in the Beloved Boston Garden directly in line of sight with the inbounds pass that Bird stole and dished to DJ. It happened so fast as live sports do…Dennis Johnson’s life parallels that one play in that it was over way to soon - with the emotion of it not hitting until one realizes what has occurred. I'm 47 now, and still hold onto the ticket stub for that game like a 13 year old holds onto his prized autographs or sports cards...Thanks for the GREAT - and I do mean GREAT - memories Mr. Johnson. You epitomized team, hard work, loyalty, and gave us some of the greatest sports thrills one could ask for. May your family be comforted by God in this time of GREAT loss.
PS - Please sirs, the next time I drive the 40 miles to the Basketball Hall of Fame, I would like to see a Mr. Dennis Johnson enshrined there. Work it!
Since I was a little boy I admired D.J. as a "cool customer" on the basketball court. For me it was always Bird & D.J. The heart of the Celtics. You will be deeply missed! My condolences go out to your family. God Bless You.
DJ was my favorite player as a kid.. I remember he used to take forever to shoot a foul shot, he had this whole crazy ritual he would do. I used to make my dad laugh doing impressions of him at the foul line.
i'll miss him
What a tragedy. He will be remembered with great pride. I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times and followed him throughout his Celtic career. DJ was a gentlemen all the way.
DJ was one of the most underrated players of all time. But it's wonderful to hear from his teammates and those who covered him what a geniunly great human being he was. You always hope that your childhood heroes are good people as well. Some are and some aren't. But DJ was one of the good ones. His layup against the Pistons and '87 was about as tough a shot as I've ever seen. DJ, you will be missed. I don't know what I can do to offer comfort to DJ's family other than if they need anything, I'm sure I'm one of many DJ fans that would welcome the opportunity to help.
I had just begun dating my "wife-to-be" in the mid-80's and she LOVED watching the C's with us. DJ was her favorite. She called me crying yesterday, said that Freckles was gone.
A page of the Celtics history has fallen from the play books. The run is truley over all my tears have dried, I will miss you DJ thanyou for being my roll model I will not forget you.
I have fond memories watching DJ. He was awesome. What a team back then, but DJ was always my favorite! My prayers go out to his family and friends. God Bless
Over the years as a celtic fan, the pleasue to have seen DJ come through in the clutch was wonderful.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
This message is for the entire Johnson family...that Dennis is @ peace, and with perhaps the best coach in the NBA Red Aurbach.
I will always rememebr Dennis, being a Celtic. That will live on in my memory.
My everlasting memory of a True-Celtic is DJ's no look pass from to top of the key to Larry doing a back door move on the baseline for the easiest of baskets under the hoop... Thanks DJ....we'll miss ya
To Dennis Johnson, DJ, who spun the ball & scratched victories for the great Celtics teams of the 1980's. The greatest driver I've ever seen. A personal inspiration.
...With one of the most endearing repeat descriptive filler phrases. Used when the team's field general was doing his best to answer an interviewer's question, to recall & describe accurately a play in a game just played. When I heard it that meant DJ was humbly being DJ after another great Celtics win "...or so..."
When the Celtics couldn't get anything going, the shot clock winding down "or so...," it would be DJ so many times who would take off like lightning straight down the lane & through the giants, only to get pummeled, only to get to the foul line. When the other team had the ball & the momentum late in the game "or so...," it would be DJ who would man up tight with the opposing point guard, reach around with one hand, push & direct the ball away to where his other hand would quickly be there to scoop up the loose ball & start dribbling fast up the court. The most sublime two points "or so...," would have to begin with DJ dribbling the ball at the top of the key, with his best poker face on. For a split second earlier, he & Larry Bird would have already eye-balled each other, but without anyone else on the court noticing. Then "ZOOM!" The DJ 1-handed bullet-express pass would suddenly hit Larry's awaiting hands underneath the basket, the ball on it's way for another 2 up & in. & of course there's THE PLAY, the finish of THE STEAL & THE PASS, made by Larry against the Pistons, Game 5 of the '87 Conference Playoffs. Bird delivered the ball to the ever-alert DJ, who from half-court "or so..." had immediately taken off & cut to the basket. DJ was there again, to seal the steal & the deal. DJ belongs in the Hall of Fame & there's no "or so..." about that.
Finally I have to raise a toast to The Point Man for my favorite team of all time. A week after The Steal, I got married. I strolled into the reception for the start of the celebration w/families & friends, The Greatest Moment of my life "...or so..." As I walked through the room, victorious w/my new bride, I instinctively raised my right hand, index finger aloft, & slowly spun it 360 degrees, as in "we've won & we're number 1." This physical expression of confidence & joy was stolen from none other than DJ. For just a week earlier at the end of Game 7 against the Pistons, where the C's had given everything they had to win a great series & finale to move on to the NBA Finals, DJ had done the same thing.
So right here & now I am giving the "# 1" DJ finger spin. To Our Man On Point, To DJ.
DJ was one of the best... a natural leader, a natural team player who exuded a charisma of a good soul... We will miss such a good spirit of sport and of mind, and body... may his soul find the place of peace and love.
Boston will always have a special place in our hearts for "Trout." He always represented us well.
When DJ had the ball, all seemed to be right with the world.
To a Hall of Famer who should join his Celtic teammates. Thanks for the memories.
I was at Game 7 of the 1987 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Late in the game, there was a scramble for a loose ball and DJ ended up tied up with one of the tallest guys on the Pistons. I think it was James Edwards. Anyway, DJ was spotting the guy like 7 inches and he outjumped him for the ball. That was a huge play in the game. Thanks DJ for all the memories
DJ ~ I never would have made it through law school without you and the Celtics 1983-86. I will cherish those memories forever. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May they celebrate your life and hold close your memories. Rest in Peace. CB,KC,AD,LL and TC
Thanks DJ, for giving me, my family and friends, some of the most exciting (and nail-biting) moments of our lives during those 80's Celtics play-offs! You were taken too soon, but will never be forgotten! RIP
A true professional and a pleasure to watch on the court, a class act that has never been duplicated on the Boston Celtics.
Rest in Peace DJ you will forever be remembered in Boston and around the country.
Bird may have stole the ball, but you were the one who got it in for 2. You will be missed, DJ! Condolences to your family.
I'm a hawks' fan and I hated to see DJ on the court. He was so cool. May God bless you all. P.S. I guess my hawks in heaven are in trouble now.
You will be missed. I always loved the play of the celtics even though I was a Lakers fan. My prayers go out to your family.
I remember Larry Bird saying that D.J. was the best player he ever played with. What a compliment !
We'll miss ya D.J.
What a player. Thank you for the great memories of my youth and showing how team basketball really should be played. I will always remember his routine before a free throw; The fast low dribble followed by the ball spin. Somewhere up there he is young again. Playing a game with Johnny Most annoucing and "DJ's at the top of the key, fiddlin' and diddlin'"
Two tidbits about DJ, though unrelated, will always stick out in my mind,,,he had this little trait of bouncing the ball for what seemed a million times at the foul stripe,,,when asked about it, he said he bounced it once for every year he was in the league, and was always appreciative he was able to last that long,,,the other event, in '85 or '86 I, along with 3 or 4 others, went to visit my friend Lannicain who had relocated from Boston to Philly for a sales job,,,well, we went to a Sixers- Celtics game in the old Spectrum, and the Fans there really embraced us, cuz the 76ers were beating the heck outa the C's from the opening tap 'til 3 secondds left,,,well you know it, amid a deafenig din, DJ banked in a jumper from about 15', C's win, the crowd turned on their previously adopted Boston fans,,,and we hightailed it outa' there,,,truly thanks for the memories Dennis, you'll be missed.
Great man on and off the court. Nobody could slow the game down, like DJ. I loved to watch him, he was a master at it. He was my favorite Celtic. A great champion. We were lucky to have him for as long as we did. Thanks DJ.
As a transplanted Bostonian, I was thrilled when DJ signed on with the Toros. I have many fond memories of the Celtic teams that won the championships in the '80s. He was a fun player to watch on one of the best teams to ever play the game.
DJ was always a favorite. His enthusiasm and dedication personified the Celtics of the 80s. DJ will be missed - and always remembered as a Celtics great.
Not only will you forever be remembered for "THE SHOT", but you will be remembered as being a great basketball defender, and more importantly, a great role model. You may be gone, but you won't be forgotten.
I hope a day of mourning is declared. DJ was a gift to Boston sports and the whole town.
Please know that you and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many people. Rest in peace.
He played the game the way it should be played...unselfish and disciplined, not to mention clutch. Thanks for the memories.
RIP DJ, ALTHOUGH I HATED THE CELTICS, YOU ALWAYS ROOTED FOR DJ TO DO WELL. BE BLESSED BY BROTHA! CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.
In the early '80s I worked in Central Square and I used to go into a little convenience store. A couple of times I saw DJ in the store talking to the kids. He was so kind and nice to them that I have never forgotten that. Not only was he a great basketball player but he was a good man.
Rest in peace DJ.
Enjoyed watching you play...you are a Hall of Famer!!!
I feel this death down in my soul. To the family, I am so sorry. Peace to you.
Your astounding athleticism and your gentle demeanour were the epitome of professionalism. You are sorely missed.
DJ thank you for all the memories, you have left a lagacy with Boston. You are a role model and what a blast it was to watch you play basketball. Thank you and rest in peace.
WOW, DJ is gone! I am stunned and saddened! My heart and prayers go out to the Johnson Family and the Celtic Family/Nation. May we all appreciate the fragility of life and love all that we come in contact with, especially our families! God bless DJ! My heart is in pain, we have lost another "Good Warrior"
A very sad day yesterday for the Johnson family, the Celtics family, and all fans of the way he played the game.
The pinpoint passes off the dribble to Bird, the great defense on the other teams best player, and the clutch shots are all memorable. But the lasting memory for me has always been that moment he shared with Bird after THE STEAL against Detroit. I can still see that to this day, and it is a very special moment.
My sincerest condolences to the Johnson family.
You Were The Best
Thanks For The Memories
'And there's a steal by Bird...underneath to DJ...and he lays it in...Oh my God this place is going crazy!!!'--The Late Johnny Most
Thanks for being there, DJ
DJ was tough as nails; one of the best big game guards ever to suit up. He was such a clutch player, defined those Celtic teams of the 80's. Dennis was taken far too young. I guess God has better plans for him. Maybe Red needed someone to get the ball to Reggie & Len. His spokeswomen said he was smiling at the end; maybe he knew. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson family and all who knew and loved him. Thanks for the memories DJ your legacy will live on.
I did a double-take when I heard about DJ this morning. What a tremendous part of Celtic greatness. There was only one DJ.
People always talk these days about playing the right way. DJ DEFINED playing the right way. He led, he passed, he defended, he worked, he was clutch, and he was all class. He represented everything right about playing the game of basketball. Thanks, DJ, for all the great memories. Celtics fans everywhere miss you already.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.
Words can not describe how good DF was as a player for the men in green. Even with all the stars DJ was the glue that brought them together as a cohesive team. The famous Detroit game is only one of SO many times he helped the Celts win. What a player!!! and What a Man!!! We will all miss him. I hope a green guiding angel is waiting for him at the pearlly gaits...
Before the NBA became a show for individual player spotlight, there was the Team oriented NBA. The Celtics of the 80's were the Dynasty at the time and he was without a doubt, key to that success. I met the man and he was quite polite and respectfull. Deepest condolences to his family.
Game 3, 1984 --> Lakers run the Celtics off the court . . . meeting of Aurebach's cabinet takes place . . . DJ is shifted over to guard Magic and the series changes . . . by Game 5, the Celtics are running the Lakers off the court enroute to a Game 7 Championship . . . Thanks for that and many more memories former Secretary of Defense !!
Fact--Celts don't win in '84 or '86 without DJ--He was underated but incredibly appreciated--RIP DJ--you were a stud!!
Met you at sports club LA, you were friendly with a smile.I'll never forget how cool you guided the celts in the 80's.RIP
DJ, we will miss you terribly. Never even dreamed you'd be taken from us so soon...our sympathy to your family and to the Celtics family. You were a joy to watch during those fantastic years with the Celts-you were a true Celtic. RIP DJ, we will always love you.
May God bless your family. You reached the top of the basketball world and you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
To my friend Dennis: We played together as friends when we were small children,in San Pedro, Ca. I followed your career and was proud to have known you. May you rest in peace.
Thank you for the great Celtics childhood memories you helped create.
My sons and i met DJ at a sports card signing event about 10 years ago. I will always remember seeing a big hand come across the table to run his hand over my youngest son seths bushey red hair. DJ commented, thats quite a fro you have there. God rest you soul.
One more link to the Golden Era of Celtics basketball--and indeed, the entire NBA--is lost. I was once a Celtics season ticket holder, and now, besides Pierce, I don't even know who's on the team. Nor do I know any other NBA names. Nor do I care. Listening/watching the Celtics for me now means trotting out the old Johnny Most records and game videos from the old days.
DJ was one of the greatest players to watch. I will always remember him taking his time coming up the court and then calmly lobbing the ball to McHale or Bird. He was a joy to watch and will always be remebered for being a class act
My sincere sympathy goes out to Dennis Johnson's family.
As a print journalist, I had the opportunity to talk to DJ often during his NBA career and he was truly a class act and fine gentleman.
Rest in Peace in Heaven, DJ. You left us way too soon and definitely will be missed by many. KH.
I can't think of anything I could say that would come close to what Bill Simmons on espn.com already said so I'll just suggest you all check it out. God's speed #3
I had the great honor of meeting DJ in a nightclub in the 80's. Such a sweetie...he bought my friend Mary and I Margaritas and we had pictures taken with him. I called my father to tell him (while at the club) I was so excited.
Rest in Peace. Your the Best!!
DJ, my all time favorite. You were always so kind to me as PHX SUNS ballgirl back in 80-83 and trusting me to babysit little Dwayne. Donna my prayers are with you and the kids.I will cherish my TWO pair of NIKE shoes he gave me after games. Rest in peace .
When DJ was with Seattle,as a Suns fan, we disliked him immensely...because he was always at the right place (Sonics) and the wrong time (Suns). Then ,when he came to the Suns...what a great player he was in those 3 years...and what a shock it was when he was part of that (still painful)Rick Robey deal...& he was nothing less than terrific with the Celtics! Gonna miss ya, DJ & will always think of you as one tough nosed player who could always be called upon in the clutch!
Solid Point Guard,Great Human Being.You Will Be Missed.
My deepest sympathies to ALL of DJ's family. He truly was a class act. Rest in Peace.
I just hope one day you make the hall of fame.Dennis you gave my teams 2 championships in 84 and 86.May your memory be eternal.Also may God protect your family and all the people that loved and admired you.
Hey he was one of the best enjoyed watching him preform. Blessings to his family
I am a Philly 76er fan and remember the great games the Celtics had against us. Bought DJ to Boston to stop Andrew Toney the Boston Strangler. We hated The Celtics but had to respect them. Rest in peace DJ. My prayers are with you and your family
I am very sad to learn about the passing of dennis johnson.you should have been elected to the hall of fame in basketball while you were still alive.you were only 52 years old which is young to die from a heart attack.you would have been a great nba coach but the league never gave you the proper chance.may god bless your soul.may you rest in peace.
I am truly sadden to hear of Dennis Johnson passing. He was my favorite player on the Boston's team. I am praying for his family and friends. God picked a beautiful flower the day he passed and he don't make a mistake.
Larry would of only had 1 ring without DJ
My sympathies to Dennis Johnson's family, teamates, and friends. DJ was part of a team I began watching in 1985 during the early 'bed' days of MS. DJ made my life a little easier. A part of that team died yesterday - take care of each other.
I will miss you. Rest In Peace.
I met DJ and his wife at the Burlington Mall a few days after the conference loss to Detroit. He was still visibly upset and walking with his head down, which we all can understand given his competitive nature. He shook my hand and I thanked him for all his effort and providing us with the great memories and championships. Being the true gentleman he was he shook my hand firmly, smiled and thanked me for my support. I was in awe that someone of his stature was thanking ME. He exemplified class and my condolences go out to his family and friends and those who new him best. The rest of us true fans can just say- "Thanks DJ we will miss you."
Great player, great teams, lots of class and personality in those days.. The NBA was better then, and Dennis Johnson (Byrd, Ainge, Parrish, McHale etc.) was a reflection of why that was.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson family. May God's peace and comfort be with you. DJ was a Celtic great and will be missed by all who loved him. Thanks for the memories Dennis.
You will be very missed DJ! I will never forget your Celtics team.
You gave me some of the most memorable basketball experiences of my life. I will always remember watching Celtic games with my Dad and commenting all the time about how underatted a player you really were. You were the nucleus that kept all of the Great Celtic teams together. You will forever be remembered as a hard working, winner! Thanks for giving me the great memories, my thoughts and prayers are with your friends and family. Rest in Peace!
I was shocked to hear of the passing of DJ, what a nice guy and classy player. May god bless you and your family.
I grew up following the Celts of the 60's and 70's with a passion. My son was born in '77 and by the time the '84 season rolled around he was as much a fan as I was. DJ and the rest of the Celts helped form a bond between father and son that still exists today. The thing I will always remember about DJ is the lightning quick pass from the top of the key to an arriving Bird under the basket. I marveled everytime they pulled that off, as the ball would find its way through a maze of defenders and Larry would finish off the play. Another bucket for Bird, another assist for DJ. DJ, you were a special kind of player. They don't make 'em like that any more. R.I.P.
My deepest sympathy to DJ's family and friends. There are only a handful of sports figures I admire and DJ has always been one of them. I'll never forget the many games I watched at the Garden and on TV where he just thrilled us as fans. As fans, we always knew he was a top quality person off the court as well.
DJ was the man. Plan and simple. I remember watching a video he, Bird, Red and some other Celtics did called Winning Basketball. DJ explained the game so fluidly it was amazing. And the fact that he didn't look like a greek god made me think I could do that. I wish every city could have a player like DJ. He will be missed.
One of my all time favorite players, who played the game the right way. You will be missed.
DJ was one of the greatest to ever play the game, he will be missed.
When basketball was at its peak, you were on top of the mountain. As huge Celtic fans, my friends and I always knew in a close game you'd be the one to come up with the big play, offensively or defensively it didn't matter, DJ would come through some how.
May you rest in peace and your family know that you brought happiness and joy to thousands with that huge smile and fun attitude.
DJ was a stopper. I remember when I first saw him play in Seattle. His nickname in college was "The Airplane" because of his vertical. He was a game changer. He brought Seattle it's only championship in any sport. Thanks DJ. Rest in Peace.
God bless you, Mr. Johnson. I will remember you for two things: The brilliance with which you created opportunities for Bird, The Chief, and McHale; and also your own formidable talent as a scorer and defender. My heart goes out to your family and friends.
DJ and Larry both autographed my ticket stub from the 1987 Detroit playoff game when Larry stole the ball. When DJ signed the stub, he also wrote on it..."and DJ laid it in!" He had a great sense of humor and a great respect for the game of basketball, a true champion.
He gave me a lot of enjoyment while watching him play. I am very sad to learn of his passing and convey my sincere sympathies and thoughts to his immediate family as well as to his extended basketball family at this time.
Couldn't believe it when I heard it. Life can be cut short at anytime. Live in the moment.
Rest in Peace DJ.
You made my childhood one to remember.
DJ, you were far too young to go. Your loss will be felt by Celtics fans and basketball fans across the nation. My prayers go out to the Johnson family. May they know how much he was loved.
I had the opportunity of meeting DJ a couple of times in the 80s. He was a fantastic basketball player but an even better person. I will remember Dennis Johnson the man more than DJ, the basketball player.
Dennis Johnson was one heck of a player. Who, until he got to Boston was under appreciated. He deserves to be in the NBA Hall of Fame. The man knew how to play defense. Something that is lost on today's crop of Celtics for the most part. He left us way too early and will be missed. Rest in Peace DJ, and say Hi to Red for us.
I remember the quick poke check. And the way he used his body(including looking back to see where the defender was) to fend off the defender as he would make the layup. Another memory was him wiping his forehead with his arm at the free throw line. How about the game where he picked up his dribble,
and then dribbled again and not one ref caught it.
Of all those great players on the Celtics, he was my mom's favorite.
DJ was an integral part of the NBA when it still had some character. He was a gentleman and one hell of a gritty player. He will be greatly missed...
Our hearts broke and tears came to our eyes when we heard that you were gone. We loved every minute we got to watch you play and will never forget you. You were and always will be one of the greatest of all basketball players and a great gentleman. Gone too soon.
I was thirteen when the C's won they're last championship. They were as dominating as any team was or has been. The thing I remember most about DJ is him finding Bird for those back door passes for easy lay-ups. It seemed like that would happen at least once or twice a game, and he would make it look so easy. His shot was also memorable it seemed to be a line drive with no arch. He made it though when it mattered most, he was clutch. He should be in the hall of fame, he was a great player.
Dennis Johnson was a champion and knew what it meant to represent himself on and off the court with one of the greatest Celtics teams ever. He was pivotal in his efforts and will be missed by all of us who fondly remember the glory days and that we were there to witness legends... Dennis Johnson. Rest in Peace, you will forever be remembered as one of the all time greatest in our hearts. My sincerest sympathies go out to his immediate family and all of the fans of the once Great Celtic Empire...
I want to express my deep sadness and sympathy to the family of Dennis Johnson. As a fan of the Celtics all of my life, I have never rooted for anyone more. He has always been my favorite player and others around the league must give him the credit he deserves for being one of the greats.
I have fond memories of watching DJ play with the other Celtic greats of the 80's with my brother and father. I looked up to DJ while playing basketball at home-and practicing my foul shots just like him.
I am thinking of you, your family and your friends, DJ!
You will be greatly missed.
What I learned from watching DJ play - never give up! There is always an opportunity to be grabbed! He will be missed.
Rest in peace.
DJ was a great player and individual. He exemplified what a true leader is in steering the Celtics to championship form. He will be sorely missed!
In a world of highly overpaid and undermotivated athletes, you stood out as a role model for success - hard work, hunility and dedication. You represented all that is good in sports. Thanks for the memories.
Simply put - the bigger the game, the more this man stepped up. You could always tell the it was playoff time when DJ started regularly driving to the hoop. Thanks for the memories, DJ.
I will never forget DJ being in the right place at the right time to catch Birds pass to beat the Pistons. Birds steal means nothing if DJ isn't running back to the basket. He was a great Man, a great Celtic, and a giving Man in the community. You will truly be missed DJ, I know you are in a much better place now. God bless you Sir.
D.J. thanks for all the memories and hard work you put in with the Celtics. It was evident in your work ethic. God bless you. Your family is in my prayers during this time of loss. Say hi to Johnny!
I had the great pleasure here in Seattle to get to actually watch him play. People forget he was the MVP Finals champion for the 1978 World Champions Sonics. Long before all the Boston accolades we here in Seattle witnessed his greatness first! Love you DJ!
He was part of the greatest team of all time..Hands down. He was also the most underrated guard and just happened to be the best of that time. My thoughts go out to his family.We lost one of the good ones.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Some of my earliest memories as a kid were watching DJ and Celts of the 80's with my Dad. He was always cool, calm and collected and had the most underrated layup in NBA history after Bird stole the ball against the Pistons. You left us too early -
What joy we all had watching DJ and all those great guys in the 80's on the Celtics. The current players should be made to watch all those games to see how it should be done (on & off the court). A great era of basketball is passing with Red and DJ that may never be seen again. God bless them both.
For a man who was supposed to be a bad apple he sure turned out to be a treat to watch. A consumate professional who never seemed to make a mistake. Most people think Larry Bird made everyone on the team better, I think DJ didn't get the credit he deserved.
RIP to the man who was always where he was supposed to be.
Growing up as a kid in the 80's I was spoiled watching the Celtics play. DJ was a huge part of those memories. I remember hearing Johnny Most describe DJ bringing the ball up the court as he " fiddles and diddles" and trying to re-enact that on the basketball court.
What a shocker. I feel as though I've just lost a member of my own family. So many memories of DJ shutting down yet another high scoring opponent on Seattle's drive to the Finals in '78 and then winning it all in '79. Then sitting on the top edge of a building with my buddy Alan on 4th Avenue during the Victory Celebration. What a time it was. Those of us in Seattle will never forget you Dennis Johnson. Thank You and God Bless.
I was a season ticket holder fron 1979-93 and I want to thank you for the privelage of watching you play over that time. You were a great player who should be in the Hall of Fame. God Bless you and your family DJ.
You never seemed to miss a big shot or a free throw late in the game. Your layup in '87 off Bird's steal is one of my favorite sports memories. I was never more proud to be a C's fan than '87 when a bunch of banged up guys still went to the finals. You demonstrated Celtic Pride in every way possible. Your contributions will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to your family.
Having had the opportunity to meet DJ and attend the games when I was a teenager when the Supersonics played at Madison Square Garden, I feel blessed that I was able to follow the career of a great guy and one of the best defensive players that ever played. The memorabilia - especially that DJ doll that came out when Seattle won the championship and when DJ won the MVP is priceless. Rest in peace DJ. Your greatness will truly be missed.
I was shocked & saddened to hear of D.J.'s passing. I remember him even as far back as playing with Seattle, winning the title in 1979.
I couldn't stand the Celtics when D.J. played with them. I always pulled for the Lakers, and was so glad when L.A. would beat them. I disliked Bird, McHale, and Ainge, but I always liked D.J. He never ran his mouth or played dirty like the other 3. He just played the game, he was really good, and I enjoyed having the pleasure of seeing his entire NBA career. He is in a better place and at peace. God Bless You, D.J.!
i watched him play in person and on television - he was the ultimate team player on the ultimate team and there aren't players today that play so well.....he was a credit to the game....players today should watch footage and see for themselves how a true point guard should play....
Rest in Peace, DJ. My deepest sympathy to his wife and kids.
My prayers and thoughts are with the Johnson family. Rest in Peace
As a journalist, I had the opportunity to talk to Dennis Johnson several times during his NBA career and he was an excellent and polite man, and as we all know, an outstanding basketball player.
The NBA definitely needs more players - and good people - like Dennis Johnson.
My sincere sympathy goes out to DJ's family.
Rest in Peace in Heaven, DJ. You definitely will be missed. KH.
I have a couple of tears in my eyes after reading this guest book. Condolences to the Johnson family. And we all have fond memories of some of the greatest basketball teams in the 1980's. Or ever.
We feel very bad and surprized to hear you have gone so soon.
My sincere condolences to the Johnson Family. His NBA Family. And the great many friends of DJ. The Boston Garden may be gone, but not the memories of championships he helped bring to Boston. Thank you for the greatest and exciting memories in Celtic's basketball. Yes..the "Fab Five." Rest in peace DJ.
I will never forget watching for years D.J., McHale, Bird, Ainge, and Parrish. When that team broke up, Celtic's basketball has just never been the same. Please accept my condolences on the very untimely loss of D.J. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends.
I met you while working at the Fleet Center. You were quite the gentleman on and off the court. You will be missed by many. Thanks for the memories. R.I.P.
DJ and the rest of that Celtic team back in the 80's were the last of the real role models in professional sports. As a kid, I looked up to DJ and his teamates for who they were, true athletes who loved the game of basketball. Nothing more, nothing less. Rest in peace, DJ. You will be sorely missed.
Man, what great memories, from a great man. I remember the good battles in the great 80's Dennis we all love you and gonna miss you. Rest in peace
Back in 1984 I was sent to KC Jones basketball camp for girls, and DJ was one of the coaches. He helped me to become a better ball player. The thing that I will remember though is not his basketball prowess-though that was great, but his wonderful personality. The world has lost one of the true greats. He will be missed. My thoughts go out to his family and friends
My sincerest condolences to the family of Dennis Johnson & to the entire extended Celtics family, who have lost one of their own. I was fortunate to have attended hundreds of Celtics games in the 1980's as a youngster in Boston on my Dad's season tickets. After the games, my Dad would always take me to the bank lobby next door to the Garden, where the visiting players & the Celtics would exit & we would wait to get autographs. Let me tell you this - Dennis Johnson would ALWAYS stop & sign & he ALWAYS had a kind word & a smile for the kids waiting. I tell you about this only because the way he conducted himself was truly rare - many players were detatched & would say nothing while signing, if they even stopped at all. Dennis Johnson would stay until every child had their special moment with him. He had that Orr-like quality when it came to relating to the fans. Now 20 years later, those moments are even more special to me & I wanted to thank him for his many years of service to the Boston Celtics & the NBA. Rest in Peace, # 3 - you will be missed.
Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.
Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.
If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.
I remember watching him when I was a teenager. He was one of the greatest players to play the game.
during the playoff series in 1984, our baby boy had open heart surgery. sports are not truly life and death situations. but oh, did DJ and the celts help us through that agonizing time. watching the '84 celtics from children's hospital, i had moments of pure joy, and hope for the future. Thank You, Dennis Johnson, it couldnt have happened without you.
God Bless his family. He left us to soon. He will be missed.
Make this victory your greatest, DJ. And rest in glory.
DJ, You gave everything to us your "Celtic Fans"
God Bless You and Rest In Peace
I enjoyed watching DJ play. He was a great player and a classy guy. My wife enjoyed teaching his kids in Sunday School at Paradise Hills. Our sincere condolences to the family. W'ell be praying for you.
Heartfelt sympathy to DJ's family and friends.
I'm just a fan but I cried when I heard the news yesterday. You left us way too soon!
At least now he will be with Red....hopefully they will be gloating over Red's excellent trade to get him here. DJ for Rick Robey. Priceless!
Thank you for all the happiness you brought to this fan, DJ. Rest in peace.
I was a teenager when I remember watching one of my first basketball games on TV... I remember being mesmerized by a player named Dennis Johnson... He made playing the game look so "effortless" ...everytime he had the ball in his hands I would be in awe on his ability to "flow" to the basket...
...right then and there, he became my favorite player...
DJ, You'll continue to be "effortless" and "flow" the way god intended you to...
As a faraway fan in Waterbury, CT, what a treat to watch Dennis Johnson play a wonderful game the right way. DJ was a model of what the NBA was at one time. Rest in peace DJ.
ONE OF THE GREATEST. YOU WILL BE
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
My prayers to DJ's family. I met DJ at Ground Round in Norwood many years ago. You couldn't meet a more kinder (and funnier) person than #3. You will be greatly missed by all.
"And there's a steal by Bird, over to DJ..."
I haven't been this affected by someone's death in quite some time. While I never had the privilege of meeting DJ, I always felt like I knew him.
Watching him and the Celtics play at the Garden with my uncle was one of the fondest memories of my childhood. The way DJ played the game was the essence of team basketball and it was joy to behold.
My deepest sympathy to his family and friends who are mourning his loss.
Was a big fan of you and the Celtics. R.I.P.
I was 14 when the Sonics won the 1979 Championship I rode on his car during the parade. my son is name KJ after DJ. God Bless you DJ you were a great player!
to the family, my prayers are with you. to the toros family, may God bless you. i had the pleaseure of attending the game once and coach johnson was the nicest person of his stature that i have ever met. i was saddened to know he had passed. i am still in shock. he will be missed. i pray a special blessing for his family, friends, and players. may God comfort you all.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!!
You will be missed very much. You were one of the greatest players in the NBA.
May God Bless DJ's family and friends. Thank you DJ for the way you lived your life and the way you played the game. As an ex basketball coach, I use to cut film of DJ, and show to my players. Thanks for the lessons and the memories.
TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS:
Dennis was one of the quiet NBA standouts. He was an awesome player in the Celtic dynasty days.
Gone to soon, thanks DJ for all the great basketball memories.
Rest in peace
DJ always comes to mind when thinking about those championships and memories that we are all very much blessed to have. # 3 will always be in our thoughts.
Thank You DJ you gave me and the rest of New England some great memories,
May God Bless You and May You REst In Peace
I worked as a press assistant covering many post-game locker room interviews during Dennis' career, and everyone I knew regarded him as simply the nicest guy in professional sports.
Remember the patented one handed bullett pass off the high dribble from top of the key straight down the lane past 4 clueless heads to LB for the easy one? If there is an NBA Heaven they just picked up an MVP and one of the greatest big game, two way players of all time. Big shots after big stops. So long DJ...
i knew DJ from his basketball clinic in rochester, nh . he was always smiling, and joking with the kids. just an all around nice man. i will miss him.
Rest in peace DJ I really admired your unselfish play. You were the epitome of a team player
I am sorry for your lost may God be with the family.
God bless and God speed to a fine man and a gifted athelete. My thoughts and prayers go out to DJ's family and to those who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. We celebrate his
life and remember the sheer 'joy of the moment' of his play.
Thank you, DJ.
Dennis was a true gentleman.I had the chance of a life time to become friends with him.He was the director of the basketball camp we owned and everyday he was there he made childrens faces smile.
DJ, you were the greatest point guard of all time with the Boston Celtics. I grew up loving the Celtics when you, Bird, Walton, Parrish, Ainge, and McKale played. Who needs the Hall of Fame, because we all know that you were and always will be the greatest? We love you but GOD loved you best. Rest in peace DJ.
He was the the one you could rely on to make the shot for the winning Celtics teams in the 80's! I have lots of memories of watching him in the old wonderful Boston Garden!
Too young to be gone....
I will always remember what a tough,talented and clutch player DJ was during his tenure with the Celtics. He gave me many great thrills and memories. Rest in Peace DJ.
God Bless you Dennis and your family!
prayers go out to his family and friends. I remember watching the
Celtics, Bird, 'The Chief' Robert Parrish, DJ and Danny Ange back in
the 80's. Backetball was great back then... DJ you will be missed. RIP.
I'll never forget DJ and Larry teaming up to make the play that wiped the smugness off Isaih's and the rest of the Pistons faces. Thanks for the memories!
Loved watching him play. He should be in the Hall of Fame. My prayers will be with him and his family.
Loved watching him play. He should be in the Hall of Fame. My prayers will be with him and his family.
WILL MISS YOU ON THE COURT, REST IN PEACE, DJ
What a Great Player and Person...I have been a celtics fan for all my life....To me DJ was the soul of the Celtics when he played there. I hope for the best for his family and friends in this tragic time.
wow I can't believe that DJ is gone. what a team they had back in the 80's.. I am so sorry for your loss..
Dennis Johnson was a great player and a great man. He will be greatly missed. May God bless his family and friends during this time.
Of the many worthy images of DJ that Celtics fans cherish, the one I love most is after his amazing lay-in (after Bird's amazing steal in the 87 Pistons game), when he and Bird (who, of course, did not begin celebrating but immediately got back on D) finally came together and had the most low-key "high-five" moment of all time, considering they had just taken part in one of the great clutch plays of all time: no shouting, no showboating, all business. Class, cool, a different era to be sure. DJ remains everything that is great about sports. RIP #3.
DJ was much more than just a great player. First, he was Mister Clutch. a .400 shooter who never missed when the game was on the line. Second, he was Mr. Class, the Celtic who always helped a fallen opponent to his feet. A piece of Celtic greatness has died with him.
Rock solid. Brilliant intuitive athlete. No showboat. Got the job done. Grace under pressure. Made his team mates look good because they knew he was there when they needed him. A gentleman. Should be in the Hall of Fame.
A clutch member of the 80's dynasty, no way we beat L.A. in 84 without DJ. Always remember that he signed an autograph for me immediately after the game 3 blow out in L.A. Very classy. Miss you DJ.
Thanks DJ for all the great memories and what you gave to the game of basketball, your teammates and fans everywhere. A great individualist, your integrity and passion for the game when it was at its peak will be missed and fondly remembered. With warmest regards and sympathy for DJ's wife and children.
My condolescences to the family. I always respected Dennis for his playing ability. Didn't know him personally but rest assured that God does not make mistakes. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. My prayers are with you and the family. God Bless you all.
Memories of your play lingers
DJ was always an inspiration to watch because he was the embodiment of a true team player. He will be missed. My prayers go out to his family and all those who knew and loved him.
Gone are the days of ball players like DJ. My friend Derrick was DJ & I was Gus Williams when we were kids. DJ played ball the way it was supposed to be played. God bless your family.
I'm a huge basketball fan and although I never saw you play during your time, thanks for all of the memories and your contributions to the game. You will definitely be missed.
You will so be missed. You were a good example for our children and for the adults too. If we had more players like you today basketball would still have a good reputation.You were taken to soon. God Bless and keep your family strong and safe.
My daughter's school(Holy Family Catholic School) was honored to sing the National Anthem prior to one of the Toro's home games a few weeks ago and I was disappointed that I was unable to attend because I became a fan of Dennis way back when he played with Seattle. I couldn't stop telling my daughter about my memories of watching him play. May God rest his soul and may He bless his family at this time. We will miss you D.J.
I can stll hear Johnny Most saying those initials.
Thanks DJ for all the memories. You were a special part of the greatest starting five ever essembled. You will me missed.
DJ was an amazing player on an amazing squad. All kids growing up in N.E. wanted to dribble like DJ and shoot like Bird.Put him in the hall immediately. His skills far surpass almost anyone who plays the game now. My thoughts to his family.
DJ was an important part of the Celtics during the 80's. DJ was always there if you needed a basket, steal, or assist. DJ deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. He will be missed! My prayers go out to his family. Rest in Peace DJ!
I'm in shock. What a loss. My deepest sympathy to his family.
What a great loss for the world. He was a classy person, a giving man. He will me missed. My deepest condolences to the Johnson family.
The only man who could ever get the Celtics past Andrew Toney, the Sixers and Julius Erving. A great player and a great man who knew how to dribble, pass and when to take the clutch shot. My sympathy to the family and friends.
Dennis made the Celtics vs. Lakers matchup worth every second to watch. Dennis is a legend. His family will be in our prayers.
phoenix hated his guts when he played for seattle.....loved him and could not get enough of him when he got traded and came to phoenix.....then the town hated the suns for getting rid of him to boston...and the suns went downhill from there....if you were teaching a player how to play defense.....dj is the mold. great memories. your the greatest dj.
DJ.. Many back yard games I was you making the big shot. Thanks for all the memories. We'll miss you! You were the best clutch guard
Thank you Dennis,a class act
all the way!
I hope DJ gets to play and coach with the angels now...thanks for all of the years of great basketball memories and my sympathy to family, friends, and the team!
Words can not express the thrills and chills that Dj gave me when he played for the Celtic. I loved to watch him shake his oppoents. DJ was a little gaint and he will be miss. Family hold fast and look to God and he will direct your path
Rest in Peace DJ. You will never be forgotten
DJ - you were an amazing player. 52 is just too young to go. I remember my brother being in constant awe of you when you played. He passed away just over a year ago at 38 from a heart attack. I feel for your family losing someone they loved so young and so sudden. I know that Chris is now in the presence of one of his all time heroes. Rest in peace
My prayers are with you (DJ) and and the entire Johnson family for their untimely loss and sorrow
I loved watching him as a player and was happy to see him as a coach in Austin. His players and former teammates talked fondly of him and he was to me, a solid player, coach, and man. He will be missed.
You will be missed. I grew up watching the Celtics during the 70's and 80's and you were an inspiration to us all. The wonderful teammates you had in Bird, McHale, Parish, Ainge, and all the other great Celtics of that time; you were very special. I live in Woburn, and I remember the times I saw you in my cousin's dry cleaning business in Lexington; I also have a sweatshirt of the Celtics that my sister-in-law, Ann, from the cleaners in Lexington was so fortunate to have DJ sign. I also will remember the first time I actually had the opportunity to stand right next to him in the variety store across the street from the cleaners. I said to myself at that moment, "What a tall guy because all I saw was legs and then when I looked up, DJ was staring at me. We looked at each other, smiled, said Hi, and that was it. THAT MADE MY DAY!!!God Bless You D.J. and comfort your wife and children at this time. Words cannot express the loss all of us are feeling. Love from a Fan and friend.
One from Bostonion to Austinite to another, you will be missed. Our hearts and prayers go with your family at this time
My prayers go out to the Johnson family. Dennis gave us great moments in NBA history. He exhibited true professionalism on and off the court by virtue of his conduct. GODSPEED!
I WATCHED PLAY FOR MANY YEARS ILOVED YOUR GAME DEFENSEILYAND OFFESIVLY WE WILL MISS YOU
What I can see so vividly in my mind's eye is this: DJ standing at the top of the key, dribbling the ball almost lazily, and then, on the dribble, he throws a thread-the-needle bullet pass with his right arm to a waiting Bird beneath the basket. Count it. Rest in Peace, Mr. Johnson, and thank you for all those times I fell of my seat cheering when you made those unbelievable passes.
My prayers go out to your family you will be missed by all who new the game of basketball. I remember you as the one with all the freckles, it's not so bad I have alot of them myself. You will be missed.
May God bless you DJ and give comfort to your family. You will be remembered as a great ball player and as a first class person. You been taken from us way to soon brother.
As a teen growing up in the 80's, New England sports was dominant and DJ was a big part of that dominance. DJ will be missed by all Celtics fans. Our prayers are with the Johnson family.
"Bird steals it, underneath to DJ , he lays it in..." Give our best to Johnny and Red we love you DJ
Forever the original DJ
Our prayers and condolences go out to your family.
Dennis Johnson and Celtics made this unaware, disinterested and disenfranchised woman LOVE the sport of professional basketball. They played a true "gentleman's game" with just the right amount of drama, machismo and humility. Thanks, DJ, for a great game!
Adrienne (Austin, TX)
Dennis, even though you were with Boston the team I loved to hate, I loved you. I loved your style of basketball and I felt that you were a good person and had a good heart. I am truly sorry that you are gone and I send my smypathy to your close friends and family
Praying that God will give you all the strength to get through this difficult time.
Dennis was my Son Allen's very favorite all time NBA player. Allen now lives in San Diego and still plays a lot of hoops and wears Jersey # 3 (Dennis's # from the NBA).Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to his family. Herb
I am so saddened by this. I have watched his career throughout the years. He was such a good, Christian man. I know he is with the Father in Heaven.
When I first got married, I wanted to join my husband in the things that he enjoyed. The Boston Celtic's
games became a routine and I grew to be a fan. Dennis was one of the best and I have great memories of watching him play with my new husband.
I recently met coach Johnson at an NBDL game.. he was very gracious and very knowledgeable about the game of basketball. The NBA and the world has lost a great person and a wonderful human being. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and with the team.
Thanks for the amazing memories. Rest in Peace
To the family of Dennis Johnson, My condolences and prayers are with you. May you be comforted by the love of his fans everywhere and the memories that we all hold in our hearts.
Dj was not only a great basketball player, but a true gentleman. DJ, may you rest in peace.
dennis johnson was truly one of the nba's greatest players.he wasn't flashy,he just rolled up his sleeves and went to work.his hard work and sacrifice deserves membership in the hall of fame.
God bless you Dennis, you were an inspiration to all of us.
I will always remember the times DJ made me mad, angry, sad, and happy. Without these emotions, my love for this game would not be what it is today. Thanks Dennis, for being an MVP in basketball, and more importantly in life. God Speed #3, never to be forgotten.
I was really hoping that you would eventually coach the green, but you have clearly gone to a better place.
I will never forget the time DJ nailed a 3 with 1 second left that gave the Celts the lead and the win at the Garden against the Golden State Warriors. The place just shook from that.
That's how I will always remember Dennis Johnson, a solid, clutch player.
Im always going to remember the way you dribbled down court, the way you looked after a time out or the way you looked at the line....Thank you DJ for what you helped bring to this amazing city of ours
My most heartfelt condolences on your loss. I was lucky enough to have followed Dennis' career through Seattle, Boston and Phoenix; but what sticks out most in my mind was the really old days as a youngster in Seattle watching Dennis, Jack Sickma, and "Dowtown" Freddy Brown light up the court. A class act in all respects....
The Celtics have lost who I thought was one of the BEST players to ever play.My prayers go out to Donna and her family at this very tough time.
DJ, a true CELTIC, he was amazingly talented -- I loved watching him because he knew how to finesse the basketball and intimidate the other players. He will be sorely missed by his fans, but mostly by his family. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers.
This was indeed a shock when I read it yesterday, as a Celtic fan of the 70's and 80's I remember DJ and the greatest team in bball, I can still picture the court length runs that DJ and Bird had many times. My prayers and thoughts are with his wife and family, God Bless and Rest in Peace, Dennis.
D.J. A TRUE PLAYER... YOU WILL BE MISSED HERE IN AUSTIN.
Thank you DJ for all the great memories.The Celtic family has truly lost a great person
Thanks for the contributions, DJ
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
We will miss you and thanks for the memories!! Godspeed Dennis!!
Dennis Johnson, a true hall of famer, one of greatest clutch player and defensive guard of the Boston Celtics, may you rest in peace. My prayer and condolence are with you and your family.
DJ was an athlete who played the game the game the way it SHOULD BE PLAYED. Via con dios and say hello to Red ! My condolences to his family.
We have loss a great man. But his memory will live on forever. My prayers to his family and friends.
Condolences to the Johnson family. DJ is reunited with his old boss Red. RIP Dennis, thanks for the memories.
A class act who will be sorely missed. He's in a better place. May God hold tightly to his wife, children, and friends.
You're the reason I became a Suns fan over 26 years ago. God's got no worries in his backcourt now.
MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE JOHNSON FAMILY.WHEN I HEARD THAT DJ WAS COMING TO BOSTON, I KNEW THAT WE WERE GOING TO WIN A FEW MORE CHAMPIONSHIP. AT THAT TIME I SAID THANK YOU RED AND I WAS RIGHT WE DID WIN A COUPLE MORE THANK YOU DJ..NOW YOU CAN PLAY DEFENSE WITH THE ALMIGHTY...DJ THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE CELTCS ACTIVE IN WINNING CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR AFTER YEAR...52 WAS TOO YOUNG BUT I GUESS THE GOOD LORD NEEDED ONE HELL OF A DEFENSMAN SO HE CAME TO GET YOU..SAY HI TO RED FOR ME...REST IN PEACE MY MAN ONE WHO WILL NEVER FORGET YOU..ROGER SHAKE HIS HAND FOR ME...GOD BLESS
I hope your family finds Peace and Comfort at this time of loss. Thank you for sharing this solid individual with us.
Jeff J., Austin, TX
Hey DJ you will be miss thank God for 52 years.
SYRACUSE, NEWYORK LOVE THE CELTIC
To DJ's Family: Sharing my sympathy with your family.
I am very saddened by this news and very sad to know of his passing.. What hurts me a lot is that he wasn't still voted in to the HOF wherein he trully belongs.. I am a very die hard fan of the Boston Celtics here the small country of Philippines.. Cebu City in fact..
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
DJ was a gifted athlete and a gracious, selfless athlete, on and off the court. He brought talent and professionalism to a great team and to a demanding game.
I was a player for the NFL Detroit Lions and had the delight of watching Dennis play for the Boston while I was in Detroit in the 80's.
Most recently I had the honor to meet Dennis when he joined the Austin Toros as their Head Coach. I told Dennis I was a big fan of his style of play when he was with Boston. He just smiled that big smile. I also had the honor of enrolling my two younger sons in the Austin Toros youth summer basketball camp. I was thrilled to have one of the games best players instruct my sons in the finer points of the game of basketball. Dennis was patient with the kids and but demanded their attention and passed on his knowledge of the game to my sons. They loved Dennis. It was a sad moment when I heard the news of his sudden passing and even sadder when I had to tell my sons that coach Johnson had passed away. My prayers and thoughts are with his wife and children. May God bless and comfort Dennis family during this diffcult time.
Thank you for giving us a chance to get to know you.
We will miss your smile.
I was a fan from the beginning when he was drafted by the Sonics. He was my first sports hero. Long live the memory of the 1979 Sonics and DJ!
heaven just got a new point guard..rip dj
Thoughts and prayers with you and your family DJ. When DJ was with the Phoenix Suns, he donated his time to the YBA at the YMCA. I was glad to meet him and the original gorilla. It was great to meet him and that he took time out to be with the PHX community. Thanks DJ!
my thoughts and prayers to the family of dj a true hall of famer
I always felt that Dennis Johnson's immediate mission was to win
basketball games, but his overarching goal was to inspire young people and serve as a positive roll model for them. He succeded at both, and all he touch are better for it. Rest in peace, Dennis Johnson, secure in your brilliant legacy.
I loved those Celtic teams of the 80's and DJ was a hugh part of them. I loved his game and his toughness. Today's game needs more like DJ, he'll be missed.
DJ represented the best of the Celtics. Hardworking, always hustling, and a genuine love for the game. He will be missed, but the memories will last forever.
Thank you DJ for the great memories you provided all of us. Your greatness in the NBA is surpassed by the greatness of your character. Thank you!
My heart got extremely heavy when I got the news of one of my favorite NBA players to ever play the game. My heart felt sympathy goes out to the Johnson family and the NBA Player who knew and love him. I thank God for allowing me to be in the presence of greatness when he played against the Atlanta Hawks at the Omni. God Bless Dennis Johnson.... RIP My Brother.
We Love You
"...Line Drive...Back Door.. to Bird..."
There was nothing Prettier!
** DJ you were the best and I loved you **
D.J. WAS A TRUE BOSTON CELTIC - NOTHING MORE NEEDS TO BE SAID. NO IMPOSTER HERE, HE WAS AS CLUTCH A PLAYER AS YOU WILL EVER SEE AND A TENACIOUS DEFENDER. HE WAS MY IDOL AND MY HEART IS VERY HEAVY TONIGHT.
Game Face....You could see it. They'd announce his name and on came the game face......
DJ will be missed.....
For the winner take-all single game for the future of Human Race, there is no doubt that DJ is on that team. He just made you FEEL better when he was playing, DJ RIP.
I got to meet Mr. Johnson recently because he lived across the parking lot from me here in Austin. We went to watch the Toro's play and had a great time. He was such a kind man; he told me I could contact him anytime to get tickets to watch the Toros play. When he moved to another apartment in the complex, I really missed seeing his smile everyday. I was young when he played professional ball, but my uncles are very fond of him. I want to extend my sincere sympathy to Mr. Johnson's family, friends, and players that he coached. This is a big loss....
I am deeply saddened by the death of Dennis Johnson. As a true Celtics fan of the 80's I never under appreciated his role on the team. I loved watching the incredible teamwork that was always evident on the court. I was lucky enough to see DJ play twice in Denver, and even though I live in Denver, I was sporting my Celtics gear. I know that he earned a spot on GOD's All-Star team. I hope his family finds the strength to work through their pain. I hope that they will find at least a small amount of comfort in the love from all of DJ's millions of fans! God Bless DJ and his family.
One of the Greatest "Clutch" players I ever saw! Thank you DJ for all the great memories !
Our hearts go out to your family at this dificult time, you will be greatly missed.
Los Angeles (belive it or not) mourns your loss. As much as he was disliked, to use a kinder word, in L.A. during the 80's he was respected and admired. He meant a lot for the Celtics and the city but meant more to basketball as a whole.
Condolences from a hard-core Lakers fan to the entire Celtics following.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Dennis Johnson's passing. Growing up, I enjoyed watching him play for the Celtics and how he was an integral part of the team, along with Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, and the legendary Larry Bird. I can only hope that his legacy will carry on. He will be missed.
God bless and watch over the family of Dennis. My memories are from the early 80's. I was managing a liquor store on Lincoln and Scottdale Rd. while attending college. As a second generation native Arizonan (a rarity) and avid Suns fan I was of course thrilled that Dennis and Sweet D frequented our store. But it was the approachability and down to earth kindness that stood out to me as he hit the florist next door and rolled back through. Fun loving good guy in my book ! Rock the rims above.
DJ-I will miss you a lot. You were the player who made the "Famous Five" complete and you were in the perfect spot to catch Bird's pass after his steal in Game 5 against the Pistons 20 years ago. I used to like to copy your style at the free throw line too, when the number of times you bounced the ball corresponded with how many seasons you were in the league. My condolences to your family.
Some of my best memories growing up were of watching my Celtics play. If it wasn't Bird hitting the big shot you can bet it was DJ. You could just tell by the way he carried himself on the court that he was a first class human being off the court. I'll never forget mimicking DJ's free throw routine (he'd take 5 or 6 quick, low-to-the-ground dribbles, rub the ball all over, then shoot) in my driveway as a kid. I was looking forward to seeing the Austin Toros play next month for lone reason of getting a chance to see DJ in person. Rest in peace DJ. You will be missed.
As a child in the stands of the '70s and early '80s Sonics my memories of DJ are clear - he had both hustle and humility. I felt my kinship strengthened as a Pepperdine grad. Though not a college player, my love for the game was cemented by DJ's team - Gus Williams, Jack Sikma, Fred Brown and John Johnson. Thank you for the memories DJ. My thoughts and prayers for your family.
It was an honor to watch you play. My prayers are with your family in these very difficult days of sorrow. Heaven has gained a Gentleman in its truest meaning.
"There's a steal by Bird underneath, DJ lays it in! There is only one second left." That will be burned in my memory for all-time. Goodbye DJ we'll miss you. Say hi to Red for us.
To DJ's family - sorry to hear about your loss. My daughter was a ball girl for the Suns when DJ was in Phoenix - she occasionally babysat for Donna and DJ. It was at a time when the players were very approachable and DJ was always pleasant and cordial to all the fans. He will be missed. God be with you.
Godspeed and condolences to your family.
Thank you so much for all the memories. From the Sonics, Suns and finally to the Celtics, you were always my boy. Whether it was draining a winning jumper, making a critical steal or just playing with such joy and enthusiasm, nobody did it better. RIP #3
One of the classiest guys ever to put on the green. A champion in every sense of the word. Thanks for the memories DJ.
As a kid growing up in the '60's -70's listening to the Celtics with my ear against the radio speaker as Johnny Most croaked out the play-by-play, it became an absolute pleasure listening and watching the Bird era Celts of the '80's with DJ as a marvelous complement. What defense!! Thanks for the memories DJ -- we'll be seeing you in due time. God bless.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I was shocked and saddened to learn of DJ's premature death. I had the opportunity to speak to him at summer leage game two or three years ago and found him to be a warm and kind gentleman. I told him how much I respected his game and intensity, despite the fact that I hated him when he played against the Lakers. Dennis took pride in reminding me that Magic Johnson had said that no one played better D against him than DJ. I can't believe he's no longer here. Without DJ, Bird, the Chief and all the other Celtics, the glory that was SHOWTIME would never be. You guys made us the team we were. We won 5 NBA titles that decade and you won three. We beat you two out of three and went to the title series nine times. What a decade.
Sorry for the loss this is a sad day in basketball losing one of the greatest players.
IM JUST A FAN OF HIS BASEKETBALL YEARS AND ALL WAYS ENJOY HIS GAME GOD BLESS HIM MAY HE REST IN PEACES
DJ thank you ever so much for all the excitingly great memories you provided Boston Celtic fans. Equally we thank you for your heoricly great efforts. Your positive contributions to our beloved Celtics are immeasurable. Among your many accolades I shall always remember what Irvin "Magic" Johnson said of you on the night they retired your number: "you were the one who could guard him the best!"
Thank you, you were my favorite Celtic. Please know you'll be in my prayers.
To your family I extend my heartfelt sympthy.
Donald J. Zollo, Senior
Saugus, MA & Fort Myers, FL
DJ, Although I was not a celtic fan I loved you as a player and the professionalism you displayed during and after games. You will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers go out to DJ's family. He was a true class act, you will be missed.
I'm a Massachusetts native and lifelong Celtics fan currently stranded in Austin, TX, and I was so excited about DJ's coming here and the chance to see him coach the Toros. I never got the chance. You were a true hero to so many Celtics fans, for your sportsmanship as well as your skills. You really seemed to love the game. We will miss you for that and for so much more. My condolences to your family, friends, players, and teammates.
You did good! We are going to miss you DJ. Light up a cigar with Red and Most. Thanks!
I just loved him. He helped provide some of my most fond memories of being a sports fan. Great character. His personality came out during the games. If you watch the memorable game 4 against the Lakers in 84, near the end of the game he's at the free-throw line. You can tell a Laker made a comment to him like he was going to choke or so and he casually dismisses him and cooly hits two free throws. Just clutch! Watch it sometime. It will make you smile.
God Bless You DJ ... I am very saddened by this news.
Dark Star Dan -- Oakland, CA
Thanks for the lasting memories.
May God Welcome You Home
I grew up watching DJ and the Celtics during their Championship run. The game today is a far cry from the game DJ and the rest of the guys played when I was a kid. It was a much better game then thanks to guys like Dennis Johnson. My prayers go out to his family, friends, fans, and former teammates.
I feel terrible for any Celtics fan under the age of 30...you missed one of the all time greats. As a 37 year old, I remember him with the SuperSonics, and the day we "stole" him from the Suns. I will never forget his clutch moments against the Lakers...and without his tough layup against Detroit, Larry's steal is forgotten forever. RIP DJ, you were great!
I was a freshmen at Brookline High school when I had the opportunity to go to draft night at Boston garden in 1993. DJ was there along with bird and pinkney. As a diehard celtics fan as a child i idolized the big three, ainge and dj. DJ spent the whole night taking me and my friend around the garden and talking basketball with us. He was a great player but an even better person. My condolences to his family. DJ will be sorely missed in my heart
Like many, I grew up in the 80's adoring the Celtics, but of all, DJ was the best. Defense, grit, toughness, intelligence. Also, as an individual, he was a nice guy. I had the opportunity of a lifetime when I sat next to him on a flight from Brazil to Miami. My idol. And an absolutely down to earth, nice guy. He even shared coaching tips for my 13 year old. God bless him, his family in this difficult time.
DJ was a very special person. He epitomized what it meant to be a Celtic. His work ethic and his personal off court actions make me very proud to have known DJ as a Celtic, a neighbor, and a great father. Duane, my heart goes out to you. Your Dad's memories shall keep him alive forever!
To Dj you gave the sixers fits for years. You were and always will be a beloved figure for your effort and spirit. Rest in Peace
I was a ball-boy with the celtic's in 1986.And had the pleasure of talking to Dennis hundred's of time's,he was an awesome person.He never acted like a super-star he was funny and kind to everyone,I never once saw him refuse to sign an autograph.He was a true gentlmen and I will miss him.
As a basketball fan, I always loved Dennis Johnson. I had the opportunity to see him play in San Antonio and watch him coach the Toros - Wow
My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time. I met DJ at a YMCA in central Mesa in 1981 as a 6th grader and he was larger than life. From that moment on I was always one of his biggest fans and followed him throughout his career. He treated me with respect and to this day I tell people of my brush with fame.
THE SHOT YOU HIT AGAINST MAGIC AND THE LAKERS IN THE 1984 PLAYOFFS TO WIN THE GAME AND GET YOU BACK IN THE SERIES WHICH YOU EVENTUALLY WON WILL LIVE IN CELTIC LORE. EVEN THOUGH YOU HAD A TOUGH SERIES SHOOTING WISE YOU HUNG IN THERE WITH TENACIOUS "D" AND SLOWLY TURNED THE TIDE IN OUR FAVOR. THANKS FOR ALL THE HARD WORK AND PROFESSIONALISM THAT YOU SHOWED AS A CELTIC. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A WINNER AND INSPIRATION IN THIS TOWN. GOD BLESS YOU AND WELCOME YOU INTO THAT GREEN KINGDOM IN THE SKY.
Since his retirement, I've been hoping Dennis got into the Hall of Fame. I'm saddened by his passing and my thoughts are withg his family.
What I think of Dennis Johnson I will always remember game 4 of the 1985 finals against the Lakers when DJ hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Celtics a dramatic victory. Dennis was a classy player and a true Celtic and its such a shame that he passed on at such a young age. Howard Appel, Merrick< New York
Rest in Peace, DJ. Thanks for the memories.
When I think of DJ, I think of the great rivalry between the Celtics and the Lakers. To me, it doesn't get any better than that. And, even though I rooted for the Lakers, I had a tremendous amount of respect and fear for DJ. Thanks for the memories. RIP
Thank you for many wonderful memories. Your championship heart was full of Celtic Pride. Our prayers are with your family and friends. I trust that they all will draw closer to God during their bereavement, as we can be assured of His nearness to them.
hi he was a shineing light to this world and will be greatly missed
I wasn't a big Celtic fan but I always admired Dennis Johnson's hard play and leadership. I wish his family the best.
I absolutely loved watching Dennis Johnson play basketball. The bigger the games, the bigger DJ was. It cracked me up how he could brick shots for the first three quarters and then hit every big jumper in the fourth. I also loved his poke check steals on defense, and the way he'd find Bird under the hoop with those over the head baseball passes. DJ was a true warrior. To have him be gone this early in life is an unspeakable tragedy.
Great player and a great person.
GOD BLESS, ONE OF THE GREATEST CELTIC OF ALL TIME. HE PLAYED THE GAME THE WAY IT SHOULD BE PLAYED, THE WAY I ENJOYED IT (STEAL BY BIRD TO D.J. A LAY UP) ONE OF MY FAVORITE MEMORIES. JOHNNY, RED AND DJ ALL TOGETHER. MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY.....TO YOUNG........
DJ you were awesome. Thank you for all the great memories.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
DJ you were everything a basketball player should be an from what i`ve read everything a man should be. rest in peace.
I am sad to see Dennis Johnson passed away at age 52. I grew up a Celtic fan when Willie Naulls was traded to the Celtics in 1967. He was a great Celtic, I will miss him.
As a young immigrant in the United States in the early 1980s, the first American sport I remember seeing was basketball and of course my first team was the Celtics. I will never forget the greatest five man team that every played together - Bird, Mchale, Parish, Ainge and of course DJ. Thank you for all the great memories, DJ. You'll always be in my Hall of Fame.
It is great to read all of these wonderful memories, especially the stories of meeting DJ off the court. The fact that we are hearing from fans around the world is a testament to who this man was. Much too young to be taken from your family! RIP DJ!
Freckles I'll miss you. Thanks for all the memories and for being such a great guy. I'll never forget when my friend's and I didn't get asked to the junior prom in 88' and you gave us tickets to a game for the same night. It was way better than the prom. Love ya DJ!
Dj, you bring back so many memories with my father and Boston. Thanks for ALL the memories and the championships.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Red used to always to take chances on players who were after thoughts or said to have bad attitudes. DJ was a great add in 83-84 to a team that got swept away in the 83 playoffs. God Bless # "3"!!!
Thanks for being a teammate every Celtic and Celtic fan could be proud of!!!
May You Rest in Peace!!!
I'm so sorry that DJ has passed away so young, my sincere condolences to his family. What I will always remember about him was what a hardworking, classy team player he was. We'll miss you, DJ.
We were lucky to be able to watch DJ play, and we'll always remember him. There's a lot of talk in sports today about 'heart', but I never saw anyone play with more 'heart" than Dennis Johnson. May God bless DJ and his family.
Always a class act. Always a gamer. DJ will never be forgotten...
"There's a steal by Bird. Underneath to DJ who lays it in."
Rest in Peace.
God Bless, DJ
You were the best clutch player I ever saw.
I was never a Boston fan, but this goes beyond sports; this is a human thing. My deepest sympathy to the Johnson family, and GodSpeed, Dennis, you were a pleasure to watch for basketball purists.
One of the greatest clutch players I've ever seen. You helped make the 80's the best basketball decade of the 20th century. We'll miss you.
I live in Michigan and remember great memories of watching Dennis Johnson during his career. The sudden death reminds us all that time is short for us all and to spend as much as time with our loved ones. I was crushed upon hearing of the passing of Dennis Johnson and I know that I speak for of us in Michigan, peace be with the Johnson Family, friends, former players and children.
John Pharms email@example.com
Main St. Ford in Waltham had a Promo going .. Buy a car and shoot one on one with DJ. Well I didn't need a car, but I was going to buy one on that Saturday and return it on Mon just to meet him. When I got to the showroom I couldn't lie so I told the salesman that I really just wanted to meet DJ. He brought me to the back where they had a hoop set up, and there was DJ. I was thrilled. I took pictures with him which I wish I could post here. I first liked DJ when he was in Seattle, although a die hard Celtic fan I did acknowledge other great players. What a coup ! that we got him. I was totally shocked to see my Boston.com text message of his death. Condolences to his family.
You have forever left your mark on the Boston sport scene, DJ. RIP.
Dennis, thank you so much for all the great memories you gave to us in Boston. I've only met you twice and both times you gave a BIG smile. May God bless your soul and rest in peace. Amen
I remember looking into the ruins of the Garden from the Green Line platform as the demolishion process was a about half complete, and feeling as if I had lost a member of the family. I must have stood for an hour letting train after train go by as I hoped that what I was witnessing was not true. I have a similar feeling right now, only tonight it is much more painful. As a young basketball player growing in MA in the 80's, the Celtics represented all that was good about our region, our sports history, and the game of basketball. DJ was the player that I connected to most. He was not the physically gifted player that embodies the majority of NBA players, but he worked harder than anybody on the floor and played the game the right way. As the last billboard on the old Garden said, "Thanks for the Memories".
Although I never met you in person, you will forever be a part of my childhood in New England that I will always cherish. Thank you for all you did on and off the court. You will be sadly missed, DJ. You are a true example of what a Celtic should be.
One of a kind player, one of a kind person. Your memories will live with us forever DJ.
Thanks DJ. We will never forget.
From the cold, windswept plains of Iowa, more than one tear dripped on my plate at dinner. We miss you, DJ. You were a true Celtic, and a great basketball player. Memories of you will never fade. Rest in peace
DJ was pure joy to watch. The consumate player. I recall seeing him arrive at the Capital Center to play the Bullets in the playoffs with an air of confidence. It was a special day when he was traded to the Celtics. Rest in peace DJ.
DJ defined the point guard role. Always steady, never flashy, but when you needed someone to step up and lead, he delivered. He was a player who thrived in those crucial moments that decided the outcome of the game, either with a pass, a steal, or a shot. DJ was a guy who who understood why he was here, and he brought out the best in those he surrounded. He was an athlete that will not make his hall of fame, but to his family, to his friends, to his coaches, to his players and teamates, he IS their guy. My thoughts and praysrs go out to his family. His leadership is needed elsewhere.
God Blessd D.J. I will always remember Bird steals the ball and passes to D.J. to win the game
"...and theres a steal by Bird, underneath to DJ and he lays it in..."
When it comes to the best Boston sports memories of all time, that one is right up there. "DJ" was an essential part of the Green Machine, and his contributions will never be forgotten.
A great person, it is sad to see him go so soon, much too soon by all accounts.
Rest in peace "DJ"...
DJ was an important part of my childhood - the 80's Celtics, my introduction to sports. A great - yes, GREAT - player. It heartens me to hear he was an even greater man. I'm so sad, but so grateful for his life. DJ, God bless you and your family.
DJ and family- Thanks so much for being a part of my life. I wish I could return the favor. Maybe, somehow, someday...
You meant a lot to so many NBA fans. You deserved to be a Celtic and that is the way you will be remembered -- forever.
DJ--you were the best. I really learned how to shoot free throws by watching you on TV. Thanks for giving my family and myself all of those great memories. We will never forget you.
As someone who grew up in the Boston area in the 70s and 80s, I treasure my memories of him on the great Celtic teams of the 1980's. He was unusual for such a great player in that he was very low profile off the court, and let his consistently great play do the talking on the court.
It made me happy when I found out he was here in Austin coaching the Toros.
And, I now mourn his passing.
Rest in Peace D.J. What a fantastic versatile player! Shot Blocker, power driver, poke stealer, rebounder, clutch passer, Laker killer, just to remember of few of your attributes.
Prayers to your family. You should have already been in the Hall of Fame.
A Yankee transplant, I watched you make the Celtics so fun to watch as I was growing up. You will be missed. A true sportsman and a gentleman!
Thanks for the memories. May Boston Garden dim it's lights for you!
If those who are blessed are meant to be a blessing to others, DJ certainly accomplished that. His family should be very proud.
Talk about Celtic Pride ~ Talk about DJ- How lucky we were to call our own. Rest In Peace
dj,what a player.one of my fondest memories of celtic bb was that detroit game.im very ,very sorry for djs family,but one thing i'll never be sorry for is the fact he wore celtic green. god bless dj and his family at this sad time.
When I was about 10 years old, my brother, sister and I had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Dennis, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Bill Walton after their game in Cleveland. Dennis walked up and took my camera from me and said "Get in that picture" - referring to one I was going to take of my sister and brother and friends with Bill Walton. Even though I was young, I could recognize what a gentleman he was and what a kind heart he had. That picture hangs in my house today 22 years later - and I will NEVER forget who held the camera.
Thanks for being a reason why a born-and-raised in WV girl will always be a Boston fan!
Sports is an extension of the self, and, as such, I felt like I went to war with DJ for 6 years.
And he was a hell of a warrior.
God bless you, DJ.
As a young boy, I remember watching DJ battle the Lakers in in Finals, then pretending to be DJ in my driveway. God bless you and your family, DJ
An unsung hero if there ever was one. I have preserved the T-shirt given out the night his number was retired in the old Garden. May he rest in peace.
My prays and thoughts are with Donna and the kids. I am sadded to here about the loss of DJ. My life growing up in the 80’s were idolizing the Celtics and I was honor to know DJ as a person not only a great basketball player. When he lived in Lexington he would come to the store I worked at Alexanders. When I went to the games I would always make my way down to the bench to say hi and he would acknowledge me and just laugh. Every time he came into the store he was happy, smiling and friendly took the time to say hello and chat. Through the years I got to know him as a person and a friend. DJ thanks for all the memories and making one of my dreams come true. You will be missed. Rest in Peace.
DJ...a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Celtics nation will never forget you and all that you stood for. RIP, DJ.
Heaven's got a good one....pretty sure Red will be there to greet you.
Thoughts and prayers most definitely with your family and friends.
DL Bellingham, MA
Thanks for the memories,D.J. The Bird steal & layup , the 7 blocked shots in game 4 vs the Bullets ,the jumper in game four against the Lakers in game 4 finals.We'll miss you,buddy.
DJ and family,
You gave us hope when you played, inspiring us with your courage and class. DJ, I had the honor of meeting you at a clinic you attended. Your quietness testified to your humility and integrity. We loved you when you played and knew with you in the game, all was right with Celtic green. To your family, I can't imagine the price you paid to share DJ with all the rest of the world, but I'm thankful you did! He gave us hope during hard times we faced, and I hope you will find that hope now.
God Bless your family, you all touched my life and my family in ways I can't express. Thank You, I weep with you and cheer the testament that is a life of impact that touched so many.
I am a saddened Celtic fan today. We lost one of the all time greatest Celtic players of all time. I will never forget you. Thank you for all the great memories in the old Boston Garden.God bless you DJ and may you rest in peace.
First of all I’m an old school NY Knicks fan so I could not root for D J and the Celtic, but you knew greatness when you saw it and those teams were great. Dennis was one of the best defenders of all time and one of the best clutch players in the league. He was the heart and soul of those Celtic teams. My condolences go out to the Johnson family as well as the Boston Celtic family.
Thanks for all the memories.You were truly a team player.You were very very underrated.The basketball world lost a great person today.God bless you and your family!
I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED BBALL PURISTS AND I CONSIDERED DENNIS TO BE ONE. YOU WERE TRULY AN EXAMPLE THAT WILL BE SORELY MISSED. DUNK ONE FOR ME.
Truly one of the great ones. The Hardest Working Man in Green and White. RIP, DJ.
Thank You for the sweet memories you gave me and my Dad. I will never forget the 1987 game against the Pistons!! May God watch over you and your family.
I had the privelage of meeting DJ and watching him play. He will be remembered as being part of the best NBA team ever assembled. We will miss you DJ. God bless
I'm saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Dennis Johnson. When I was a teenager, growing up watching the Legendary 80's Celtics teams, I learned to really take pride in playing defense by watching DJ play. I loved the fact that he was the consumate money player, exceeding his normal abilities when it mattered most. The almost telepathic connection Larry Bird and DJ had on the court was something to behold. I really hope he gets in to the Hall of Fame someday. This is another sad day for Celtics fans everywhere. I will really miss DJ. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and former teammates.
sorry to see you leave so soon dj. you were a great player for seattle, our phoenix suns and of course the boston celtics. rest in peace.
Thank you, you were an inspiration to any young player who wanted to play the game the way it should be played. My prayers go out to your family and friends.
I Grew up idolizing D.J. as a kid. Many of my childhood days were spent in the backyard shooting game winners as him for the Suns and Celtics. I will never forget that fateful day when the Suns traded him for Rick Robey! He was truly a hall of famer and will be greatly missed.
Thanks for the memories. You were a great player, a great man, and a great teammate who brought the Boston Celtics to another level. I will be forever grateful for having you as part of Boston and am sorry to lose you at such a young age. My condolences to your family and may you rest in peace. You will forever be remembered in the hearts of Bostonians, including mine.
DJ I have watched you perform many a time and I must say,I really enjoyed the show. Please Rest In Peace.
I grew up watching the Suns and one of my sharpest memories of DJ was during a regular season game whose opponent I don't even remember. Towards the end of the first half, with the opposing team on a fast break, DJ parked himself on the opposing teams' free throw line, hands behind his back, looking like a cat who'd just swallowed a mouse. As the players drew closer (this all happening within a few seconds) DJ didn't move, but stood there waiting, even, if I remember correctly, looking up in the air as the opposing players were just a few inches away. Two guys on the break, they passed between them, then back, then back to the other player, all the while anticipating when or if DJ was going to interfere. He ended up faking to his right and, with a short slap of his left hand, caused the shooting player to attempt an off balance shot and, ultimately, miss. He was a great player and an even better entertainer and showman. We traded him for....uh, Rick Robey? Say it ain't so....
Thanks for the memories DJ.
May the Lord comfort DJ's family in their time of loss. I'll remember him as part of those dominant Celtics of the 1980s playing along side the greatest of all time...Larry "Legend" Bird
Such a legend and so nice to the fans in Austin. He had no pretense, he was just himself. Wow, so unexpected and so young. RIP sir.
DJ #3, A great player,a true Celtic. Thanks for the memories.RIP
Sorry to all...who could ever forget the Johnson/Bird finish in a Celtics playoff game against Detroit?
God blessed you and your family.
To DJ may your soul rest in peace god bless you and your family thank you for best memories in celtic uniform you are a good point guard. god bless
Thank you for the memories DJ...you will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.
I am a Laker man... DJ was a great man for the game of basketball and more importantly the game of life....
I grew up as a 'gahdin brat'; my Dad had season tickets for years. My fondest memories are from '79-'86, and yes, DJ, you were a huge part of those memories.....
I remember when the Celtics acquired DJ. I was 9 years old and a big Celtics fan, but I had never heard of him. My aunt, also a C's fan, was excited about the trade, so that got me excited too. Little did I know that he would play such an important role in so many great, happy memories for me and so many other Celtics fans.
On the court, he exuded a calm professionalism, combined with fierce competiveness. He knew the game as well as, if not better than anyone. When DJ was in the game, handling the ball, playing defense, I always felt like everything was in good hands. He knew what he was doing, and he was one of the best.
I'll always remember staying up late to watch game 4 of the '85 finals, and seeing DJ nail the winning shot. At game 5 of the '87 conference finals, after the steal, as the crowd was chanting "Larry, Larry", my father leaned down to me and said "what a great shot by DJ". He wasn't part of the "big three", but where would the Celtics have been without him?
I feel like another part of those happy, innocent, chilhood times has gone away. It hurts. But I'll always have those memories. Thanks DJ.
God Bless you Dennis! My deepest sympathy to your family!
Thanks for all the happy memories you provided to Celtic fans. DJ, you were the best!
A lot has been said about the greatness of DJ but here are a couple more things rarely mentioned; he held the record for most blocks in a finals game until Hakeem Olajuwon broke it(unthinkable that a guard would hold that record), he put an end to Andrew Toney's "Boston Stangler" run as the Celtics finally settled who was the real kings of the east in the 80's, and he was the primary reason Magic Johnson developed his "baby hook" shot as it was his best way of scoring off DJ, the shot that later became Magic's signature move and made him a complete offensive player. I hope that very soon DJ will be finally elected to the Hall, something he has clearly earned. To the original "Mr. BIG SHOT", you will never be forgotten and will go down as a true icon in Boston Celtic lore. GODBLESS you and our deepest condolences to the Johnson family.
DJ, winning teams--the Sonics and later the Celtics--followed you. Something to be said about a guy who is always around winning. Maybe you, Red, and Reggie can smile on the Celtics from heaven.
There were many great times watching the best years of the Celts with my family, and often I remember DJ. I also had the priviledge of meeting him and his beautiful wife on their anniversary. He is a class act. My heartfelt sympathies to your family.
You were a Hero among all Boston Fans....We will miss you............
All of us in Boston are so sorry to hear of the passing of one of our own. He was an incredible player, but an even better person.
Peace to his family
DJ, Thanks for the memories. Your play on the court was passionate and tenacious. May you be laughing in heaven now with Red , the genius that brought you to Boston and allowed us to view defense & passing the way it was meant to be.Thanks for the championships, you played with your heart and will always remain in ours. Deepest sympathy to the Johnson family. DJ brought great joy to hoop fans in Boston. Rest In Peace Celtics #3
I loved the Big 3, but DJ was special. Gave my son a name that resulted in the initials DJ--in honor of Dennis--and still call him DJ 16 years later. A sad day for those of us who experienced the joy of the last Celtics dynasty.
To the Johnson Family,
You have much to be proud of. DJ was a classy person on and off the field. His smile is unforgettable.
God, take care of this man who brought joy to so many.
REST IN PEACE D J,BOSTON WAS THE TEAM TOO BEAT
This is so tragic and sad. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family & friends of DJ, and the Celtics.
I have so many fond memories while growing up going to see DJ and the Celtics play. They are treasured memories of time with my family and friends at these games.
DJ played during a time where the Celtics were great, and players held deep respect for the game, fans, and each other.
Boston will always love you DJ!!! God Bless You & thank you for the memories...
Once he became a member of your Phoenix Suns he will always be considered a Phoenix Sun.
God Bless You DJ!
You'll be missed!!
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
I live in Atlanta now but check Boston.com every day. I was shocked & saddened to learn of DJ's passing. I'll always remember that infectious smile & of course, Johnny Most with the call of Larry stealing the ball vs. Detroit & passing to DJ for the layup. My thoughts are with his family & loved ones.
Dennis Johnson - DJ,
What a guy, basketball person, etc.
Thanks for the games, Celtics in the eighties/80's....GOD bless you and may GOD continue to be with your family during this time of sorrow.
DJ, Thanks for the memories! We truly appreciate your years of dedication to Boston and the Celtics!
Rest in Peace
I know DJ is best known for playing with the Celtics, but I'll always remember him playing with the Suns at the Madhouse on McDowell. This Suns fan sends all my best wishes and condolences to his family and friends.
DJ you were taken from us to soon.
One of the most under appreciated Celtics and all around NBA players and probably the only point guard to ever check Magic.
He would have made a great NBA head coach too showing kids how hard work pays off. A great man.
Condolences to all...
"dj comes down the court, fiddlin and diddlin"
I grew up listening mr. Jonny Most say this.
always puts a smile on my face...
So very sad!!! He was a wonderful player and a nice man. He will be missed.
I remember when Bird stole ball against Detroit with seconds left, what do you do, you cut to the hoop like a true winner does. God bless you DJ. Your always a champion.
I am watching game 5 of the 1987 playoffs against Detroit in memory of DJ. A great player and a great person who will be sorely missed. God bless him and help his family get through their diifcult time. Gone at way too early of an age.
You were the first true lockdown defender. Still remember you picking Isaiah's pocket and loving it. You were a true Celtic, grit and determintation no matter what. You inspired many of us young guys to play hard. You will be missed.
He was truely Mr. Clutch. I will always remember him in tense game-breaking situations at the line, wiping his face with his wrist band, and making the shot. My best to his family.
Being a true fan of the Boston Celtics, there were 2 players that I considered to be my favorites amongst all of the great players who ever played the game.One was Sam Jones and the other was Dennis Johnson. Not just because they were Celtics-My admiration for DJ began when he was in Seattle. Later while playing for Pheonix I had a chance to meet Dennis. I found him to be a true Gentleman and a Very humble person. Myself and a co-worker were planning to go to Austin to watch him coach next month. I will certainly miss him. My prayers are with his family
From a Laker fan in the 80's you will be missed.
I am sorry for the death of such a positive role model for our young people in the Community.
You will be missed, sir!
I am sorry what could have been but I take solace that you are in Heaven with the other Great Ones.
Rest in Peace and may God bless your family and comfort them!
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE JOHNSON FAMILY.THIS IS NOT JUST A SAD DAY FOR CELTIC FANS IT IS A SAD DAY FOR THE N.B.A. AND THE WORLD, TO LOSE SUCH A CLASS ACT AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE.REST IN PEACE D.J. YOU WILL BE MISSED.
I was 16 in 1986. Bird, DJ, Chief, Kevin, Bill, et al were my absolute heroes. To this day I can still recall the feeling I always got watching Larry and DJ, even on a random Tuesday night game against the Sacramento's of the mid-80's. They were beautiful together; I was so fortunate to see them in that wonderful era. I even wiped and rubbed at the ball with my hands the same way he did whenever I took a foul shot. I stole his whole charity-stripe routine: bent over dribble, stand- up-and-rub-the-ball, pause, deep breath, and let it fly. Celtics-Lakers, arguably surpassed only by Yankees-Dodgers. Thank you, DJ. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll miss you. Signed- A Fan
I will always remember those great Celtic teams in the 80's that you were a part of. Thanks for the memories. Rest in peace...
YOU WERE THE GUY THAT LAYED UP THE GAME WINNING BASKET AGIANST THE PISTONS IN 1987 I WILL MISS YOU GOD BLESS YOU
PS YOU INSPRIED ME TO PLAY BASKETBALL
May God bless Dennis Johnson who brought much enjoyment to those of us who follow the N.B.A. We are praying for the family.
They got him for Andrew Toney, and he did much much more. I loved watching him run the team, and was hoping to see him one day get a head coaching job in the NBA. I am saddened at the news, and I pray for Dennis and his family. God Bless you Dennis, and thank you for being a true Celtic.
I REALLY ENJOYED WATCHING DJ PLAY BASKETBALL WITH THE CELTICS. WHAT A CLASS GUY.GOD BLESS HIS WIFE AND KIDS!
dennis johnson was aptly named "airplane"- his greatness was in the way he played on the floor as well as in the air. followed him from pepperdine around the NBA (forming a tremendous backcourt with gus williams and freddy brown) until his years with boston. a sad day
First, my thoughts and prayers to the Johnson family. I will always remember the cool, calm professional that DJ was. There could be less than 30 seconds in a game against the Lakers and I would be jumping up and down screaming "Pass It" or "Shoot It" but DJ would survey the floor and wait for just the right moment to dish it to Larry, Chief, Kevin or Danny and the Celtics would win. Of course, who can forget the steal against the Pistons, everyone forgets how difficult the shot was that DJ made. If it wasn't for you DJ, those 3 championships of the 80's wouldn't be a part of Celtic history. Please tell Red we all miss him too.
Dennis Johnson was a class act!!! My heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends!
DJ's heart was in every minute of every game. He always gave 110%. He had amazing presence on and off the court. He was a leader and unsung hero. Many of today's athletes could learn from DJ's great example. His life was cut short, but his legacy will live for a long time. Thanks for the wonderful memories.
Thanks for the memories D.J. You were always one of my favorites during those great runs of the 1980s. Defense wins championships!
May God have mercy on your soul and comfort your family in their time of need.
DJ was a class act. He always seemed to have fun on the court. He as truly a great player, my favorite. My best to his family. He will be missed.
DJ was a basketball idol growing up in the 80s for me. It was natural for him to be overshadowed alongside Larry, Kevin, Robert, and Walton but to me he was just as integral to Boston sports as any of those guys. What I remembered most about DJ was his intensity and fire whenever he played the game, be it incredible defense on a larger player or game winning layup (ala the Pistons playoff game). He will always be a basketball legend to me up there with Jordan, Bird, Magic, and Russell. R.I.P. DJ.
"Now there's a steal by Bird, underneath to DJ and he lays it in" R.I.P. #3
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson family. Dennis Johnson was a terrific team player and a classy example of how the game of basketball should be played. Thanks for the memories DJ.
You're a class act. Enjoyed meeting you in Austin and talking Celts pride! You'll be missed.
So sorry to see you go.
You did SO MUCH for us here in Phx. for us and we will miss you.
DJ was always my favorite Celtic player - it was always so much fun to watch him play for the Celtics, especially him and Larry Bird together. Rest in peace DJ. Thanks for the memories.
He was part of a magical team in a magical time. I loved #3. He was DJ, man. Playmaker. Defensive wiz. Teammate. DJ. Wow, does this ever suck.
DJ can finally rest. He never rested a moment on this eath, as a player or just a great man. I had the chance to have dinner with DJ and he was the ultimate Celtic, a class act and tremndous person. He always gave it 100 percent. He will be missed. Rest easy and thanks for the memories.
God bless your family. Thank you for the wonderful memories.
The best thing about the 80s was the Celtics and DJ being a part of that Team. Rest in Peace good man.
Condolences to the Johnson family. I will remember DJ as one of the best defensive players in the NBA.
Loved to watch him play. He brought class and professionalism to the game. Will miss him and his era of basketball. Are thoughts are with his family.
Thanks for the Great Memories DJ!!
he was a good coach and player
DJ was a class act. A great player and a great, great guy. When he lived on Huntington Ave. he used to come in where I worked and rent a car before the Celtics games and he was always happy, smiling and friendly. Took the time to chat us up . . . what a player and what a guy. All the best to his family and friends - he will be missed.
Wow,What can I say, I feel for all the Celtic Family & DJ"s Family.As a Celtic Fan in California I took alot abuse from the Laker Nation in the 80"s, But with DJ on The Celtics ,we were able to beat them & boy did that feel good. Thanks DJ ,you a class act & forever a part of my memories.It really hurts.
Thanks for ALL the memories with the Green Machine,God speed"DJ" love ya bro.
My condolences to his family. My favourite Celtic of that dynasty. Would not notice him until the clutch! God be with you. Thanks for the memories.
My deepest sympathy to the family of Dennis Johnson. I remember watching him with my father where I begin to love the game of basketball. May God bless his family during this time and may God comfort you always. God Bless, ms. clh.
I have great memories of watching Dennis play basketball when I was younger. To me he was one of those great players that shined out among the rest because he was so good at what he did and what a joy to watch. To me he also seem to be just a easy going guy that love to laugh. God bless him and his family.
D.J. Thank you for many great memories, you have a place in my heart and always will. may God Bless your family and help them through these trying times. you have left a legacy that should keep your family proud. again Thank You.
God bless. You brought great joy into my life. You were quite the defensive stopper and clutch player. Memories of you playing alonside Bird, Parish and McHale will always be remembered. Rest in peace.
Goodnight Dennis, we loved you, you were a great Celtic for us, peace!
Growing up in the '80's the Celtics seemed like they were at the center of the sports universe. Of course there's the great steal and the feed to Bird, but looking back now that DJ has passed I remember DJ as quiet. It was his quiet and professional demeanor that made him a solid, valuable contributer on offense & defense for one of the greatest teams in NBA history. He certainly wasn't flashy, which back then would have been easy to be. DJ knew as a team player that his individual success pailed in comparison to getting his team to the pinnacle of the game and for that he became a true champion of the court.
It's only fitting that his life came to an end while he was educating the future about the game he so dearly loved.
DJ's passing is a huge loss for the Celtics, the NBA and the game of basketball.
For those of you too young to have seen him play or know his game, I emplor you to study up on this guy who truly knew how to play the game of basketball.
R.I.P. DJ...you'll forever be "The Professional Champion"
Thanks for some great memories of the best TEAM to ever play the game. You were a huge part of it. My prayers to your family
Robey for DJ was the dumbest trade of all time-- DJ was my favorite player growing up, and as a kid living in Phoenix in the early eighties-- we didn't have any other pro teams other than the Suns. When DJ was traded to Boston, it broke my heart-- even though I was glad that he did so well after leaving us.
My heart feels just as broken with today's news. Goodbye again, DJ. You were my hero.
I'm shocked at the passing of a great NBA player Dennis Johnson, my condolences to his family and friends.
As a longtime Celtic fan Dennis was a gifted basketball player who played the game the right way and gave it his all. I'm glad he was a part of the great Celtic teams.
Rest in peace.
DJ DJ DJ The Celtic's couldn't have done it without you .......God bless.
Dennis Johnson was an integral part of the Celtics success. I have such great memories of watching Celtics games during that era and of course going to all the parades after the championships. Dennis' example should benefit players today; they have much to learn from him as a player and most importantly as a person.
Tough, brilliant, clutch are all words which described DJ. He is a part of my fondest basketball memories. My deepest condolences to his family.
To the family stay in God for DJ is now.
A fan from Bermuda
Dennis Johnson was a classy player and gave me many happy memories growing up. I am grateful for all the wonderful memories.
Dennis is etched in Celtic lore for all time..
When Dennis lived in Lexington, I was coming out of a local convenience store and Dennis was in doorway. While we were talking, my daughter, Kelly, age 2 (i believe) walked right under his legs into the store. We were cracking up:)
What a sad way to reminded of such great memories. DJ was pure class in every way and one of the greatest Celtics.
I will always remember DJ hitting the game winning shot against the Lakers in the 1985 finals, as I was laying in a hospital bed waiting for surgery and only 14 years old. I was scared, but his play took my mind off of my troubles, and I will always remember him as one of the greatest Celtics of all time. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends
DJ you are a class act. Godspeed
May the Lord be with the Johnson Family at this great time of need.
I always loved watching him run the floor on ESPN classic...He was and is a true Celtic...
I am incredibly saddened by the passing of Dennis Johnson. My best goes out to his wife, children and the rest of his family.
I remember when the Celtics aquired DJ. I couldn't believe they got such a great player and leader. I mean he was the man for Seattle then Phoenix. He was THE PIECE to the answer to beating the Lakers because he was not intimidated by Magic or anyone. I didn't think they would ever lose a championship as long as he was there.
His passion was inexorable and he had fun on the court. Just a great guy. I am going to break out my Celtic's History tonight and watch some of those memorable games he played in.
Thanks Dennis. God bless you.
I've been a Celtics fan from the time I knew what a basketball was. I still hope for another championship, but accept it won't be the same as when the Celtics were in their glory days with Bird, Parrish, McHale, and DJ playing. What a special man he was, and what a shame his loss is. God bless his family and those close to him at this sad time. And God bless Dennis Johnson. I hope he's already joined up with Pete Maravich and Wilt Chamberlain on the heavenly all-star team.
Words can't really help the family at this time, but someday you will read these messages and understand more of the ways DJ was loved by those of us who did not really know him. I met him in the parking lot when he was leaving a home game and he stopped to give my son an autograph and to say hi. It meant a lot at the time. You can be bet not all the stars would do the same. Sure he was a great player, with a great steal at the end of a game, but even that did not make him unique. DJ was so much more than an athlete. He was the personification of "one of a kind." He was truly a kind man, a caring man, a giving man, a gracious man, and a gentleman. One could always witness and feel the love and joy he expressed on and off the court. That is why he was revered and that is why he will be remembered and missed.
When my father told me the news that DJ had passed away, it felt like a piece of one of the best parts of my life (80's Celtics - greatest starting 5) had passed, too.
Condolences to the family, friends and to Celtics fans everywhere.
DJ was the greatest. You were always confident when the basketball was in his hands.
The world has lost one of those individuals that stands for class. Today's players and all of us can benefit from a page out of this man's book. Dennis, thanks for the memories,
My thoughts and prayers are with DJ and his family. He was my favorite player of alltime. He played the game the right way and was a true Celtic. I will never forget being at his number retirement ceremony two rows behind the Supersonics bench. Godspeed DJ and thanks for the memories.
DJ- I'll never forget how your calm demeanor was so important when running the Celtics as a point guard. You were a money player who played best when it mattered most(Like Game 4 of the '85 Finals). We'll miss you DJ
My sympathies to family and friends. DJ, you will be missed. Classy professional, you never missed the big shot. RIP, and enjoy the next level.
Dennis was a great person and player. You will be missed. I always will remember your days at Seattle. I wish his family well during this lost. But God has him now.
To the Family and personal friends of DJ I offer my deepest regrets for your loss and my sincerest congratualations for the success DJ had throughout his life.
I remember watching so many Celtics games with my cousin Chris during the 80's. Thanks DJ u will be missed and you carried a torch in Boston during a very special time. God Bless you
What a time that was. We thought it would never end. We were right. In the
hearts and memories of Celtic fans everywhere it never will. Thanks,
D.J. for all you gave us and for who you were.
you lost a great guy but he is now in heaven looking down on us all with all his players he is watching we won't say good bye we'll see soon
I am always sad to hear of things like this about people who are too young to die... especially if they are younger than me! This man was contributing to society in a way that a chosen few are allowed to do... he will be missed and revered for a long time to come.
Thanks for the memories, DJ. You made the 80's Celtics go.....best wishes to your family during this time of great loss.
Thanks for the memories, those years with the Celtics were wonderful to watch; you were dedicated to your sport. Sorry to see you leave us so soon.
Thanks for everything man. You will be missed. You provided me with some of my best memories from childhood and I thank you. My wishes and prayers go out to you and your family
"Now there's a steal by Bird underneath to D.J. he lays it in"
My favorite B-Ball moment of all time.
That Celtics team of the 1980's gave me many of the greatest sports thrills I've ever experienced, and DJ was a huge part of that team. God Bless you brother. You'll be missed.
You were a welcome addition to the team and to the community-the consumate gentleman on and off the court. God breaks our hearts to show He only takes the best.
I was very sad to hear that Dennis Johoson died. I feel for the celtics at this hard time. I will say a pray for the family and the team in there time of need.
DJ was an amazing player. I watched the Celtics in the 1980's and he was incredible. Who can forget him laying it up after Bird stole it from the Pistons? We'll miss you DJ!
TO THE FAMILY OF DENNIS JOHNSON( I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AS D.J.)THE GOOD LORD TOOK A BEAUTIFUL MAN WAY TOO SOON. I WILL ALWAYS LOOK BACK ON THE MAN THAT GAVE 100%, NOT ONLY IN BASKETBALL, BUT IN LIFE IN WHOLE. HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY ALL THAT HAD THE JOY OF WATCHING HIM PLAY THE GAME THAT HE LOVED. GOD BE WITH WITH YOU ALL AT THIS TIME OF SORROW. GOD BLESS YOU D.J. AND MAY HE HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND UNTIL THE DAY WE MAY ALL MEET ON THAT GREAT COURT IN THE SKY AND REMEMBER WHAT WAS TRULY A LIFE TO REMEMBER. PEACE TO YOU AND ALL THAT REMAIN THAT WILL ALWAYS THINK OF YOU. GOD SPEED TO A FAR BETTER PLACE.
i remember an interview with larry where he said dj was the most clutch shooter he ever played with... is there a better compliment in all of basketball?
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson Family during this time. DJ will always be remembered in Boston for his play, hustle, and personality. He will be missed.
He was a part of a wonderful team that gave all of us great joy. How he played with all of his heart and skill-way too young to leave us. Red would have been sorrowful! Thanks Denny
Red,Dennis gone to early.My prayers are with you.Say Hi to Johnny Most.God Bless you family RIP Dennis
I grew up idolizing the Celts and the passing of one of the greatest defenders,leaders, and people ever to don the green jersey deeply saddenes me. My heart goes out to his family. The NBA, D-League, and Celtics community lost a great man.
I loved watching Dennis play for years..His spark will be missed.
Dennis was integral in the Boston Celtics greatness for the years he played.
A Celtic fan in PA.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
DJ stole the ball and won the hearts of Boston. WOW! Good times.
Thanks DJ for the great memories. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
DJ - you were the greatest. Will always remember your presence and leadership on the great Celtics teams of the mid-80s.
To the family and friends of a wonderful man who we all called DJ. My heart is sadden to hear about what happened to our beloved brother and friend. I still remember the play you and Larry Bird put together in game five to beat the Detroit Pistons in the playoffs. In my eyes, you will always be a champion. You will be greatly missed. Your fan forever, Mark-Anthony Cephus
A true legend!!and a great athlete!! one of the many Celtics,that put the Boston Celtics on the map!!
May the good lord greet you at the pearly gates..He will be missed!!
God Speed Mr. Johnson. May God be wearing the Celtic Colours! You will be sadly missed.
he wasmy boyhood idol..a part of me is gone..great player and from what i hear a better person..sympathy to your family..dj you were one of a kind..
You were a great team mate, coach and person. Thank you for the memories
my thouhgts go out to your family and former team mates. you will be missed.
My thought and prayer goes to Johnson's family.
DJ who was truely loved as basketball player and a great man on and off the court will be missed but now he is in HEAVEN playing on GOD'S team
God bless you DJ
So many times you came through for us.
I even liked you when you played for Seattle Phoenix, and I was so glad we got you to play for us.
Noone could throw that blind pass like you did to Bird right to the left of the defender's head for an easy basket.
Say hello to Red for me.
You were the best. I still remember the One on Ones we had in the late 80s. Godspeed.
I remember when Dennis brought his son Dwayne to his fisrt day of 2nd grade. We all tried to get out into the hallway to meet him. It was a day I'll never forget, birthday parties were fun too! YOu will be missed DJ. My thoughts are with you and your family
As a longtime Lakers fan I miss those 80's matchups with the Celtics. I always thought DJ was a tough, classy guy on the court. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, both his personal one and his Celtic one.
DJ was a true professional. Team first all the way. One of the all-time great winners. He is loved and will be missed.
Like Larry Legend always said...he was the best player he ever played with...I can still hear Johnny Most's call vs Lakers "and DJ steals it" another Celtic legend passes....RIP DJ.
I'll never forget hearing Johnny Most call games with the Big 3 and DJ. "DJ gets the ball. He fiddles and diddles. DJ to Bird. Bird three points!"
DJ was the most underrated player of the 1980's Celtics. We'll miss him.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
I loved DJ as a player and a person. He was such an unassuming guy. Sad to see you go so early in your life, DJ. God Bless.
My condolences to the Johnson family on the loss of a true "team" player. A man whose calling to the Hoop Hall of Fame should have been made a long time ago. He was such an important part of that Celtic legacy. He will certainly be missed by all who saw him play.
In this year of Red passing, and the horrible 18game losing streak,
how much more can a Celtic fan endure?
Is The Great All-Mighty punishing us for all those great years winning titles?
Sad, Sad, Sad....
I just watched a DJ vid on youtube this morning of game 7 of the 1984 finals....
DJ, you will forever be remembered in Boston sports history. My deepest sympathy to your family and friends.
Made all of his teammates better, and one of the best defenders ever on the Garden parquet. Rest in Peace DJ.
My sympathy to the family. Dennis will be missed. I was at the Detroit championship game and remeber the winning basket Dennis made. It was the most exciting moment I ever witnessed in sports. Thank you DJ.
One of the best of all time, he will be missed and should be inducted into the Hall of Fame
DJ lays it in!!! I was 14 years old and living in Boston when DJ layed it in, and Johnny Most went nuts like he always did...thanks for your very significant addition to Celtic Pride!! You weren't one of the Big 3, but you were still huge!!
Rest in peace, DJ!!!
DJ played the game the way it was suppossed to be played
He was a true Celtic...
I'll be breaking out my Celtics box set and watching Game 4 vs Lakers in '84. Raise a toast to DJ, a HOFer without portfolio.
I was very saddened to hear of the death of D.J, a great player in the greatest era. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
My thoughts are with the family and close friends of DJ. Thanx for all the great memories....truly a classic Celtic.
RIP DJ. You were one of the good ones.
On this normally happy anniversary I finish watching The Miracle on Ice celebrating achievement in sport and Boston legends; I turn the page to read of the passing of one of the greatest competitors, leaders, and men I have ever seen. Thank you for memories that sons can share with fathers. If you didn’t cut, the steal means nothing. Thank you for doing it the right way. Boys grow up with role models that they never meet. You were one of mine. Thank you DJ. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
You and Larry were my favorite players from those 80s teams. You led a great life and may God rest your soul.
Dennis Johnson was a winner on and off of the court. May God grant him eternal rest.
Bless you and all the joy you brought to Boston and the players you were coaching.
The consummate professional, Dennis conducted himself with skill and dignity. When Larry stole the ball, he was there to finish it off. Goodbye DJ.
DJ was always one of my favorite Boston Celtics. He was incredibly clutch and played defense like it should be played. I was in college at Northeastern University during the Celtics great run in the 1980's. I lived in Brookline and bumped in to DJ several times. Once he was on the Riverway at a stop light beside me and I motioned for him to roll down his window to talk to me. He actually rolled down his window and spoke with me for several minutes even when cars were beeping at us as the light had turned green. He was a true class act and I will always remember him with great fondness.
When I played I never was Bird, McHale or Parish. I was DJ. I loved the way he played. Not long ago I watched him coach the Clippers. I've long admired him, wished him the best and continued to follow his career.
He was a true gentleman, my condolences to his family and all others he may have touched
Enjoyed my years watching Dennis play for the Celtics. Wonderful player. Sympathy to family, friends and teamates...THANKS FOR THE GREAT YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!
He played as tough as they come. Boston will not soon forget
RIP DJ, Class act, clutch player, thanks for the memories.
Another of my Heroes gone . . .
I met DJ after a Celtics game in 1986 when I was 11 years old. It meant the world to me then. My thoughts are with his family.
Thank you for all of the good memories, DJ. May you rest in peace.
I was in a clothing store in the Chestnut Hill mall with the store owner's son, my friend, in 1983. My friend was showing me around and had just mentioned that many local athletes frequented the store when he looked over my shoulder and began laughing. He said "DJ just walked in." I turned and there was Dennis. As he signed an autograph for me, he said "To Dave, a man of many words" - joking because I was awestruck and, of course, very quiet. He was a great player and obviously a very nice guy. I wish DJ and his family peace and serenity now and always.
Rest in peace, Dennis.
A very worthy adversary. Much respect. DJ was Boston's answer to Philly's Mo Cheeks in those epic battles in the '80s.
I just wanted we all love ya thank you for the memories
DJ was the best defensive player, hands down, that I've ever seen! And he sure wasn't bad on offense, either. Those Celtics teams etched unforgettable memories for me. He was so young to pass. Condolences to his family.
Had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Johnson when he ran a basketball clinic that my sons attended in Rochester NH. He was also kind enough to sign my photo of that overhead shot with the Celtics vs. Lakers… That was basketball! He played the style of basketball I would love to see again at the Garden.
My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
I'll never forget the play when Bird stole the ball and fed it to a streaking DJ for the layup. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Condolences to the Johnson family at this difficult time.
DJ, you were one of the greats! Thanks for the memories.
A classy, gutsy, and clutch player who was also a wonderful, caring person...from Pepperdine years ago to Austin, Texas today!
What a shock. May he rest in peace.
To one of the best defensive guards and clutch players I ever saw. May God Bless.
You’re a part of Boston sports folklore now, DJ. Your exploits are now legend, and we’ll think of them whenever we look to the rafters. You'll always be remembered here, where legends are not soon forgotten.
DJ was an outstanding player and Celtic favorite who will be missed by all Celtic fans everywhere!
God Bless Dennis Johnson...the Celtics should add an additional smaller patch with the number 3 onto their jerseys for the remainder of the season.
I once bumped into DJ at a KFC and said thanks he just smiled at me.
He was a great basketball player.
Rest in peace DJ.
Goodbye to a real class act.
This is very sad. DJ was one of the smartest and one of the most under rated basketball players in the NBA.
I remember a finals game in LA against the Lakers. It was late in the game and the Celtics were getting blown out. All of the starters were out of the game, and as the camera panned the down the bench you saw how dejected everyone looked. Mchale, Parish, Danny all looked defeated. Except for DJ and Bird. There was DJ wide eyed talking a mile a minute to Bird, who stared out on the court, nodding to everything DJ was saying. In my mind DJ and Bird were planning for the next game. With DJ and Bird, there always seemed like there was a chance.
Good bye DJ. May you rest in peace.
This is very sad. DJ was one of the smartest and one of the most under rated basketball players in the NBA.
I remember a finals game in LA against the Lakers. It was late in the game and the Celtics were getting blown out. All of the starters were out of the game, and as the camera panned the down the bench you saw how dejected everyone looked. Mchale, Parish, Danny all looked defeated. Except for DJ and Bird. There was DJ wide eyed talking a mile a minute to Bird, who stared out on the court, nodding to everything DJ was saying. In my mind DJ and Bird were planning for the next game. With DJ and Bird, there always seemed like there was a chance. There was always a tomorrow.
Good bye DJ. May you rest in peace.
Dennis you gave us great moments of joy. We will miss you, but you will forever be in our hearts.
Thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of DJ. His play was a huge part of my Celtics experience as a kid in NE. The 87 layup off the Bird steal, the huge clutch shots, wow. Awesome career in Boston, he rebuilt his rep there and became a Celtics legend at the same time. RIP DJ.
Its says former Celtic...he'll always be a Celt!!!! never woulda beat L.A. without DJ!
not only a great player but a very
respected person by all who knew and
Loved him I will miss him dearly
DJ and the Celtics were the reason I moved to Boston 15 years ago. Thanks so much for all the wonderful memories. You are missed.
Condolences to DJ's family and to the world for the loss of a great person and player. As Larry once said, DJ was best player he ever played with.
R.I.P. #3...thanks for helping me understand what "team player" was all about.
DJ was such a great Celtic - taking the ball and bringing it down the court nice and slow and making that first pass to the open man downcourt that got the Celtics offense rolling. He played great defense and just ask Magic or Kareem about his ability as a player.
One of the most underrated players in the history of the NBA - except in the eyes of his peers. I'm sad to hear that he died so young, but he died doing one of the things he he loved most - and you can't ask for more than that, can ya?
We'll miss you #3 - condolences to all his family, friends and teammates.
Godspeed, DJ. You were a good man and a great player and many of us in Boston will miss you dearly and mourn you deeply.
My prayers are with the Johnson family.
To Dennis' family:
For obvious reasons, I followed his career almost from the start. He was a terrific athlete and great player. Please accept my sympathy and may DJ rest in peace.
You were one of the best. Won't ever forget what you meant to the Celtics and the fans.
Rest in peace, DJ.
DJ was the backbone of the team, symbolizing the true Celtic: honor, strength, teamwork, courage. In gratitude for him and in sympathy for those who love him.
DJ was the man! I recall all those backdoor passes to LB for easy buckets! You will be missed but etched in our minds forever! RIP
Watching DJ and Larry continuously run the play where DJ would hit Bird with a pass on the baseline for the easy lay up is the memory I will always have of him. A consummate team player.
Rest in Peace, DJ. You live forever in our memories.
You were one of the greatest to wear the Celtic uniform. Your classiness will be forever remembered. My deepest symphathies to your family.
Most anyplace outside the hub, #3 is reserved for the Babe or the Intimidator. To us here in Boston, though, #3 will always and forever belong to DJ.
In short, my favorite Celtic.
One of the great players of a great organization. Like Barry Sanders DJ was outstanding yet held the game above personal accomplishments. No show-off... "a champion"...
You gave your fans everything while playing the game. The new boys can't compare to you or the other players from your time and before
Great ball player, great gentleman, thoughts of 'stealing the ball' will linger forever. Love and prayers to the family. Rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord
How sad!! I was fortunate to meet DJ a few times at Celtics games when I was a kid. He will be missed.
this guy was a great team player, unselfish and hard working. its a shame this guy is gone so young. the nba today is like high school ball compared to what it was in the mid 80's. this is a sad day...
A pleasure to have been a fan! Sympathy to all the Johnson family.
A real loss. DJ was a terrific player and was part of an incredible legacy. Those were the days!
DJ was a true pro.RIP DJ.
I was saddened to learn of DJ's passing. I will never forget him, as he epitomized the notion of the "team player." I loved his style of play and his sense of humor. May he rest in peace.
I thought the celtics were the best in tht time
my thoughts are with you
The NBC Encyclopedia says that DJ was one of the most beloved Celts. This is 100% true. It is heartbreaking to hear that he has died. Rest in Peace.
Great player and person. you will be sorely missed.
Wow! DJ! Not you! I have so many fond memories of watching you play at the Garden. What a loss. My thoughts are with your family.
God's speed to the point guard of the greatest team ever assemled.
This is both shocking and sad. One of the all star greats, gone too soon. He will definitely be missed.
DJ was the best. He brought such a tenacity and mental toughness to the Celtics when they acquired him. In my opinion, he was as vital a member of those 84 & 86 championship teams as the Big 3. What a sad, sad day for the Celtic family.
my prayers for you and your family you were a true celtic
May the peace of God be with the family during this time of bereavement. Knowing him only from basketball, he was certainly a class act and contributing member of an all time great backetball team to ever play. We will certainly miss him.
I grew up in the Boston area but was big Lakers fan.
Nevertheless, DJ was one of my favorite players because he was one of the toughest players, most dedicated players. His defense was legendary. Back in 80s when the NBA was so much fun to watch, he one of the primary figures in one of the greatest American sports rivalries.
Larry Bird called him the best teammate he ever had. That said it all.