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.
March 3, 2021 | 1:20 pm EST Update
In 2020, he was the first to discover the dead body of his cousin and personal chef. An aunt died from cancer. A family friend died of COVID-19. And in the early months of 2021, a cousin was killed in West Oakland. And then last Thursday, the day before the Lakers game, Lillard learned of the shooting deaths of two people in his inner circle. One was a cousin close enough to Lillard to be at his family’s Thanksgiving dinner in Portland in November. The other was like family — the best friend of perhaps his closest cousin, who was among the first family members to move to Portland when Lillard was drafted by the Trail Blazers in 2012. “I could be 45,” said the 30-year-old Lillard. “I’ve done seen and been around so much.”
He is hurting. His family is hurting. And every night the Blazers take the court, he is trying to summon the courage and understanding to keep playing. “It’s been a hard year and a half for my family, man,” Lillard said. “People have no idea.”
“I’ll say this — it’s been bittersweet for me the last year and a half,” Lillard said. “A lot of people don’t know, because I don’t seek sympathy, I don’t make excuses. I just show up. It’s like, you get on Twitter and people have so much to say. And when I post on Instagram, people have soooo much to say. ‘You didn’t do this’ … ‘Your team is never going to win a championship’ … you know, everybody just got so much negative shit to say. And I’m just looking at it like, I’m coming out here to practice every day, I show up for my team every damn game. I don’t make excuses. I just do stuff the right way. And I perform. I show up. If shit goes bad, I don’t shy away from it. I say, ‘My bad. I wasn’t good enough.’ When shit goes well, I don’t say it was all me. And that’s not just me trying to do the right thing. I say how I feel about stuff and how I see these situations.
It’s a formula Morant trusts in more than his individual numbers. The Grizzlies need him to score, but they need more to impact the game for others and he’s been more willing to do that. “Ja’s going to bring it every single day. He’s our leader, he’s a damn good player,” said Dillon Brooks, who scored 20 points Tuesday. “He can control the game at any time with his scoring, with his passing, his deflections, highlight plays. He’s got it going.”
Alex Kennedy: Kevin Garnett was leaning toward joining the Lakers rather than the Celtics. However, once Ray Allen was dealt to Boston, everything changed. Ray discussed this on James Posey’s podcast (“The Posecast”):
As Dave Fleming once documented for ESPN The Magazine, elite athletes push their bodies in ways that can cause profound poop problems, even during competition. That’s true for surfers, runners, triathletes, football players … and NBA players. “That’s definitely a thing,” NBA veteran Lance Thomas once told me. “Usually when someone’s at the free-throw line you notice it. Especially if they’re wearing white.” “I’ve seen a couple white shorts where you see someone had a little accident on the back,” Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker told me a couple years ago. “Just ask any equipment manager.”
March 3, 2021 | 12:54 pm EST Update
Steve Popper: According to a source, Knicks guard Derrick Rose’s test yesterday was inconclusive, which caused him to miss the San Antonio game for health and safety protocols. He’s had multiple negative test results since and has been cleared to fly home with the team.
Ian Begley: Derrick Rose’s COVID test on Tuesday was inconclusive, source confirms, which is why he was unable to play in NYK’s loss to SAS. Rose has had several negative test results since the inconclusive result, so he’s clear to fly to NY with team, source says. First reported by Newsday