This won't be the last time we mention this (in fact, we plan on having a chat party during the ceremony Friday night), but since Wojo has an article on DJ, I thought I'd give this some link love.
When Magic Johnson thinks of the Celtics-Lakers battles in the 1980s, it isn’t just Bird that comes to his mind. "My rivalry was really with D.J.," Magic said. He called him, "one of the best individual defensive players probably to ever play in the league," and has never gotten over the way Johnson systemically took him out of the ’84 Finals. Larry Bird called Johnson the best teammate he ever had.
Johnson had 15,000 points and 5,000 assists with the Sonics, Suns and Celtics, one of just 11 players ever to do so. With the Suns in ’80, he was first-team All-NBA with Kareem, Dr. J and Bird. He was the Finals MVP in 1979 with the Sonics, and an immense part of two Celtics titles in ’84 and ’86.
- Dennis Johnson was very, very good - ProBasketballTalk - Basketball - NBC Sports
- Looking back at Hall of Famers DJ and Jackie Mac - Celtics Blog - Boston.com