Thursday, February 22, 2007


Sad news today: former Celtic (and Sonic) Dennis (DJ) Johnson has died. For Celtics fans of a certain age, the acquisition of DJ in 1984 was the missing piece that elevated what had been a very good Bird-led team, to one of the all-time great teams with titles in 1984 and 1986 (with a 67-15 record). Acquired to handle the Sixers' Andrew Toney and the Lakers' Magic Johnson, DJ was part of the last great Red Auerbach trade - Rick Robey (a back-up center who lasted just three more years in the League) for DJ, straight up.

Larry Bird called him "the best I've ever played with."

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