|Birthname||Dennis Wayne Johnson|
|born on||18 September 1954|
|Place||Compton, California, 33n54, 118w13|
|Timezone||PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)|
American pro basketball player and coach known as D.J. Johnson was on the All-Stars five times, had helped send his teams to championship levels and had coached for two seasons before his untimely death of a heart attack at age 52.
He was considered a spectacular defensive player, a guard. He played for 14 seasons for the Boston Celtics, the Phoenix Suns and Seattle Supersonics. For two seasons after his retirement from pro basketball, he was coach for the Austin Toros of the National Basketball Association Development League.In 1979, he was picked as most valuable player and was on the championship Celtics teams in 1984 and 1986. In December 1991 his jersey No. 3, was retired at the Boston Garden.
One of 16 children, he was slight for a high school basketball player. He managed to get to Los Angeles Harbor Junior College where he continued to play basketball, then went on to Pepperdine where his talent began to shine. He was picked by the Sonics in the second round draft. Under the coaching of Lenny Wilkens on the Sonics, Johnson developed his noteworthy guard tactics and skills. He stayed with the team for four seasons, then joined the Phoenix Suns where he played for another three. He finally joined the Celtics, from whom he ultimately retired, in 1983-84 season. He and his wife Donna have three children, two sons and a daughter.
The basketball player collapsed after a team practice in Austin. Without regaining consciousness, he died shortly afterward of a heart attack at age 52 on February 22, 2007.
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- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Fatal)
- Family : Childhood : Family large (One of 16 children)
- Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3
- Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
- Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem
- Vocation : Sports : Basketball
- Vocation : Sports Business : Coach/ Manager/ Owner
- Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Basketball All Stars and championship teams)