DJ Passes Away At 52

WEEI just announced that former Celtic Dennis Johnson has passed away this afternoon at the age of 52 after collapsing during a pickup game while coaching the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. Online reports thus far do not mention a pickup game, merely that Johnson has died. (An Austin reporter now says he was just messing around after practice, not playing hard or anything.)

Truly a big loss. DJ was one of my favorite members of the 1980′s Celtics…

They talked to Cedric Maxwell shortly afterwards, who expressed that he was “totally numb” at the news, and had some nice words and stories on his former teammate.

You can check the Austin American-Statesman for updates on the story.

I’ve got a quick post on the FSN Celtics Blog on DJ.

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Curt Schilling announced on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan this morning that the Red Sox will not offer him a new contract before the end of the season. He expressed his disappointment and his wife’s anger at the decision, and said that he will test free agency at the end of the season.

Having previously said that money wasn’t “a big deal” to him, it will be interesting to see how things play out at the end of the season.

WEEI hosts for the rest of the day rejoiced as they had an easy topic for their programs. The news of Dennis Johnson’s passing changed the tone and subject of The Big Show show abruptly, however.

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Jason Whitlock apparently had two separate takes on NBA All Star weekend. Read his Kansas City Star column, and then check out his AOL Sports column.

Mike Reiss has an offseason edition of the Ask Reiss Mailbag.

Rob Bradford talks to Julian Tavarez and learns that the pitcher never went to school a day in his life.

Lee Jenkins in the New York Times attempts to solve the mystery of the gyroball.

John Clayton has a First and 10 from the Indianapolis Combine.

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Tonight

7:00pm, ESPN – Rice @ Memphis
7:15pm, TNT – Bulls @ Cavs
7:30pm, NESN – Vermont @ BU
9:00pm, ESPN – Duke @ Clemson
9:30pm, TNT – Heat @ Mavs
11:00pm, FSN – Washington St. @ Oregon