I was saddened to learn yesterday that Dennis Johnson had died at a young 52 years of age. He collapsed near the end of a practice with his NBDL Austin Toros and died some time later in hospital. The Celtics were never a team I liked very much, in fact I hated Bird, McHale, and Ainge, but I always liked DJ and the Chief. If I am not mistaken D.J. won three World Championships and was a 5 time All-Star. That is a very distinguished career. He was coaching in the NDBL so I don’t know if he was trying to reach the NBA one day or not, but I think he might have had a shot at coaching in the NBA. The man had a sordid personal life, so I cannot let that go by, however when a man whom we all know through his basketball life dies at such a young age, it is sad. One final note, he taught me and probably millions of other ignorant white kids that black guys could have freckles too. RIP DJ.