Report: Dennis Johnson Elected to Hall of Fame
Johnson died of a heart attack in early 2007 while coaching the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League. The response from fans, players and those connected to the game was massive, as Johnson was beloved around the league.
Remembered best for his role as the point guard of "Big Three" Celtics, Johnson won two championships with Boston in 1980s, and defended Magic Johnson as well as anyone could. But back in the 1970s, D.J. took the Sonics to two straight NBA Finals series, and won MVP of the Finals in 1979 as Seattle won its first and only professional championship. As Johnson is more well-known for his Celtics works, some might equate him to an elite role-player. But Johnson was the best player on those Sonics teams, and championships from before the dawn of Magic and Bird still do count for something.
The Newark Star-Ledger reports that legendary Jersey City, N.J., high school Bob Hurley will be inducted, as well.