Bismack Biyombo: Rest easy my brother, I’ve been going to the BWB and I haven’t seen anyone so joyous as you and your wife! You gave us your time and your energy to develop kids in Africa! Thank you so very much my brother, may God open the door for you and welcome you in a better place ove you
Mario Chalmers: Man 2020 is for the birds man.....outside of my family “BJ” was one of the first folks to believe in me and push me to actually wanna make it to the NBA.....we use to joke all the time. Use to call him Robert Townsend lol....this was my guy...RIP B.J. ur legacy and spirit we will carry on....u will b missed 😢😢😢
Thaddeus Young: This is tough right here. One of the best in the business to ever do it. Always gave me great advice. Rest up my guy....
Garrett Temple: STILL CANT BELIEVE THIS. He gave me my shot in the league!!! Crying faceCrying face, nicest guy in the league.
Garrett Temple: Thoughts and prayers going out to the Johnson family. BJ was the nicest most engaging person I’ve ever come across in this league. His personality filled a room. He changed my life by giving a skinny kid from LSU a shot when no one else would. Thank you BJ, R.I.P King!!!!!
Matt Babcock: My dad had sent me this photo recently of him with a group of NBA scouts and personnel that we’ve been friends with forever. My dad is on the right directly behind BJ Johnson, who we just lost in a tragic bike accident. Life is precious. Rest In Peace.
Billy King: I first met B.J. Johnson in 1982 at UVA with Ralph Sampson. He remained a friend since that day. His basketball knowledge and love for the game was unmatched. Hard to believe he is gone. He will be missed. RIP B.J.
Eddie Sefko: Terrible news about B.J. Johnson. Got to know him when I was covering the Rockets in the '90s. Anytime we ran into each other, at the combine or somewhere on the road, we always caught up on each other's life. Deepest condolences and well-wishes to his many friends and family.
Matt Babcock: I’m extremely saddened to hear about the passing of longtime Houston Rockets scout B.J. Johnson. I had known him since I was in high school. He was a good man and friend. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, B.J. pic.twitter.com/FalG9hlaxO
Donovan Mitchell: Wow man!! Rest In Peace Bj Johnson I’m praying for his entire family! A really good person who had seen it all 🙏🏾💯
John Lucas: BJ Johnson of our Rockets family passed tonight. A scout a father, a friend, always a uplifting spirit. 1986 he joined Rockets as a scout and has been in that role till now. I honor my friendship with him from when he lived next door to Ralph Sampson in Va. Your loved RIP HOSS!
Bobby Marks: In NJ, we worked extensively with the Rockets on putting together these 36 player draft workouts for all 30-teams. BJ Johnson was part of that Houston contingent. He made you laugh, put a smile on your face when there was some adversity and ultimately was just a great man. RIP
Longtime Rockets personnel scout Brent “B.J.” Johnson, a well-known and popular fixture throughout basketball, died Thursday evening following a bicycle accident in Houston. Johnson was 65. “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.”
Daryl Morey: Before I came to the @Houston Rockets Chris Wallace told me the greatest scout in the NBA was BJ Johnson & I should talk to him first. I followed his advice & what followed was an amazing 14 yr friendship. He was by my side for every key decision. I cant believe he is gone. RIP BJ
Jamal Crawford: Nooooooo not BJ Johnson. When I was an unproven rookie, he helped give me a lot of confidence that I had a bright future, even when I didn't see it.. I wasn't even on his team. He always had some words of encouragement, or just kept it real with me. Prayers to his family
Marc J. Spears: I’m stunned. Absolutely stunned. First Vaughn McClure and now BJ Johnson. BJ was one of the most generous, caring and humorous people I ever met with one of the greatest basketball IQs to boot. My prayers and condolences to his wife and his children.
Tim MacMahon: Stunned and saddened about longtime Rockets scout BJ Johnson’s death. You won’t find a friendlier person in the NBA. So many players and scouts credited Johnson for helping them find their way in the league.
October 30, 2020 | 2:02 pm EDT Update
The Brooklyn Nets announced today the hiring of Mike D’Antoni and Ime Udoka as assistant coaches and Amar’e Stoudemire as a player development assistant. They join assistant coach Jacque Vaughn, assistant coach/director of player development Adam Harrington, assistant coach Jordan Ott, assistant coach/player development Tiago Splitter and player development coordinator Ryan Forehan-Kelly on Head Coach Steve Nash’s staff.
“We’ve assembled an experienced staff of high-character individuals with varied backgrounds, both on and off the court, that will help create a solid foundation for me and our players,” said Nash. “When I set out to build this staff, I wanted to put together a committed group that would connect with our players and help put them in the best position to succeed as a team. With coaching and playing experience at the highest level and a deep background in player development, I’m confident that we’ve put the right people in place to lead us forward.”
Warriors forward Draymond Green was 18 years old the last and only time he voted in a presidential election, during his freshman year at Michigan State in November 2008. Green voted for Barack Obama over John McCain, then checked the box alongside every other Democratic candidate on the ballot. “The reality is, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing,” Green said in a recent interview with The Chronicle. “I just knew I grew up poor and my family was Democrats.”
“I was part of the group that believed my vote doesn’t matter,” Green said. “I didn’t understand what the popular vote and the electoral college actually means. So really getting educated and understanding the entire process, that’s what triggered it for me. I will 100% vote this year. Trump won Michigan last time; that’s ridiculous. He and the state of Michigan have nothing in common. … It was decided by 10,000 votes, and look at the people of my ethnicity, my age group, who didn’t vote. So we’re trying to bridge that gap and educate my peers on the importance of getting out to vote.”
October 30, 2020 | 1:15 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The NBA has informed its 30 teams that they are now allowed to open practice facilities for group practices, workouts and scrimmages with up to 10 players, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.