NBA Community Mourns the Tragic Death of Houston Rockets Legend BJ Johnson

October 16, 2020 3:55 pm

The NBA community, especially the Houston Rockets franchise lost a legendary member today. Brent ‘BJ’ Johnson, a longtime scout for the Rockets, died in a bike accident. 65-year-old Johnson is an avid bike rider and he unfortunately passed away during one of his routine drives. 

As Johnson went on a typical long drive, he apparently hit a culvert, which has been reported as the cause of his death. Jonathan Faigen of the Houston Chronicle informed about the tragic loss which has sent the NBA world into a shock.

“He was riding his bike and hit a culvert,” Johnson’s wife Claudette said. “There was construction. They are thinking he fell forward and broke his neck because there was no blood.”

‘The Athletic’s’ Shams Charania also broke out the news on twitter about Johnson’s death. “Crushing loss for the NBA, Houston Rockets and the basketball community: Rockets scout BJ Johnson has passed away. BJ was a standup and genuine human and a basketball purist all over the world,” Charania wrote. 

BJ Johnson has been with the Rockets way before the 1994-95 season. Houston won the championship that year, and Johnson has never moved away from his scouting role and stayed as a loyal and well-respected servant of the franchise. 

Houston Rockets fraternity and the NBA community pay their respects to BJ Johnson

BJ Johnson remained a constant believer of the Rockets franchise even though they faced a lot of downs in the past decade. Plenty of coaches came and went, but Johnson was always an integral part of the Rockets franchise. 

Rockets’ owner Tilman Fertitta paid his respects to BJ Johnson. Even though Fertitta hardly knew Johnson, the latter’s imprint on the franchise has left everyone mourning his loss. 

Moreover, the Rockets just saw Daryl Morey resign from his post as the General Manager of the franchise. Morey joined the Rockets way back in 2007 and helped them scale great success over the years. The 48-year-old received a lot of help from BJ Johnson during his initial days as the GM, and Morey expressed through a touching message. 

Veteran Jamal Crawford remembered BJ Johnson with a sweet anecdote on how Johnson helped him during his rookie year. 

Rockets’ Danuel House expressed his unwillingness to take in the tragic news by posting weeping emojis on twitter. 

Furthermore, former NBA star Detlef Schrempf backed up Charania on his statement and asserted that BJ Johnson was a “stand up human being.” Similarly, Rex Champman too mourned BJ’s loss and piled the blame on 2020 for adding to the misery. 

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young poured in his condolence for BJ Johnson, while former NBA player John Lucas shared a great detail about the deceased legend. 

Spurs’ Rudy Gay also stated his sorrow over the passing of the Rockets’ scout. Johnson has been affiliated with the NBA for over three decades and has garnered immense respect for himself. 

The tweets coming in about him directly shines a light on the amount of reverence people have for BJ Johnson. Journalists and writers connected with the NBA expressed their grief and shared how great of a human being Johnson was. 

It is saddening to hear that BJ Johnson passed away while doing what he loved. He liked to go on long bike rides and used to embark on such journeys on a routine basis. But, a tragic accident has the left world shocked over his death.

BJ Johnson is survived by his wife Claudette and his son Bijan. Moreover, he also leaves behind his step-children Michael Mitchell and Ciara Brown, who dearly miss their dad. Rest in Peace, legend. 

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Arjun Athreya

Arjun Athreya is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers Basketball and Tennis for Essentially Sports. His journalism degree offered extra motivation to pursue his interests in the ever-growing world of sport. Arjun is based out of Chennai, India, and draws inspiration from several athletes, chiefly Michael Jordan, and Roger Federer. He loves exploring areas that present new opportunities.

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