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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Terrible News Strikes the Basketball World and Celtic Family

While this blog is normally reserved for Georgetown basketball related news and commentary, I must interrupt to report an incredibly sad development for the basketball world.

Several media outlets are just beginning to report that former longtime Celtic Dennis Johnson, aka known as "DJ," died suddently this afternoon at the age of 52 after falling ill in Austin, Texas.

For those of you who do not know, DJ was an integral piece of the Celtic 1984 and 1986 championship teams. He also won a championship with the Seattle Supersonics in 1979.

He is probably most famously known as being the recipient of Larry Bird's stolen inbounds pass from Isiah Thomas during the closing moments of game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals, which DJ converted into a layup to put Boston up by a point to win the game. The play call by legendary Celtic broadcaster Johnny Most is one of the most famous of all time. See this link for more info:

This is a terrible loss for basketball and the Celtics family, especially on the heels of Red's death.

It is criminal DJ is not in the Hall of Fame and hopefully he will soon receive the posthumous recognition he so much deserves. See more info on this at

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