Thursday, March 01, 2007
Being a boy and a sports fan growing up near Boston in the 80's meant a fe things; you cried in 1986 when the ball went through Buckner's legs, you proudly wore your "Squish the Fish" and "Bury the Bears" t-shirts in 1985, you spent winters playing pickup hockey on the local pond pretending to be Ray Bourque, and maybe more than anything, you tuned in night after night during basketball season to watch the Boston Celtics. The Celtics in the 80's had no shortage of stars and featured the greatest front court in the history of the NBA - Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. But those of us who watched them knew that the man that made the team go was Dennis "DJ" Johnson. On a team of superstars DJ was content to let others take the glory while he did all the little things. He was the consumate point guard and a joy to watch.
Dennis Johnson died at the young age of 52 last week of a heart attack. Thanks for the great memories you provided for me and so many other young boys who grew up idolizing those great Celtic teams of the 80's. Farewell and Godspeed DJ.