DJ enters the Hall
Dennis Johnson was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Boston Celtics on Friday night in Springfield. Johnson's wife, Donna Johnson, and brother, Gary Johnson, accepted the honor on his behalf, giving thanks to Charles Barkley for repeatedly saying on television over the past several years that it was "shameful" that Johnson was not yet in the Hall.
A video montage was shown at the start of Johnson's presentation, during which Hall of Famers and former Celtics Larry Bird, John Havlicek and Bill Walton spoke. Bird said Johnson was "the best player I've ever played with" during the montage.
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You can also check out the full speech on NBA.com, or hop HERE to read more about all of the Hall of Fame inductions.
The rest of Friday's links and info:
- Boston's entire eight-game preseason schedule has been finalized. Here's the full slate:
Oct. 6 vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. (Manchester, N.H.)
Oct. 7 at New Jersey Nets, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 vs. Toronto Raptors, 6 p.m. (TD Garden)
Oct. 12 at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 at Toronto Ratpors, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 vs. New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (Hartford, Conn.)
Oct. 20 vs. New Jersey Nets, 7:30 p.m.
- ESPN.com's Summer Forecast series continued with a look at MVP candidates. Not surprisingly, no Celtics made the list.
- CelticsHub's Zach Lowe examines whether Jermaine O'Neal can play the power forward spot with the Celtics.
- Celtics guard Nate Robinson will hold a live chat for the Seattle Times Monday afternoon.
Play Podcast Grantland's Bill Simmons discusses the state of the Lakers, Phil Jackson's future, the perception of Rajon Rondo, Doc Rivers' impact on the Clippers and more.
Play Podcast Buster Olney chats with Jayson Stark about Ken Griffey Jr.'s uncomfortable interview with Linda Cohn and the value of spring training. Plus, Mike DiGiovanna on the Angels and Derrick Goold on Matt Carpenter's negotiations with the Cardinals.
Play Podcast Red Sox manager John Farrell talks about whether he expected his team to make such a turnaround in one season, his relationship with his players, fans' expectations for the squad and more.