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Minnesota Timberwolves: A statement from @GerssonRosas :
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 😢😢😢
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: 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.
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.”
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
Trae Young: Wow. My heart hurts. R.I.P BJ Johnson.😞
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Damian Lillard playing through wave of family tragedies

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.”
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“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.”
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.”
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