Brent “BJ” Johnson, a scout for the Houston Rockets, died tragically in a bicycle accident at the age of 65. Johnson had a long history with the Rockets organization and was well respected throughout the NBA and the basketball community.
Claudette Johnson, wife of BJ Johnson talked about her late husband saying, “B.J. was always true to himself. He never met a stranger, never. He never shut his mouth. He talked forever. Everybody was family to him. It wasn’t about the game, it was about loving the game, which he did with all his heart. He loved the game of basketball, loved his job.”
He worked with the Rockets for 26 years through multiple coaches, team owners, managers, and a championship.
A statement released by the Rockets organization reads, “The Houston Rockets mourn the unspeakable loss of longtime personnel scout, Brent “BJ” Johnson. BJ was beloved and respected not only throughout the Rockets organization, but across the league and the basketball world.”
“He was a part of the organization for 26 years making an immeasurable impact on the team’s success on and off the court. We will miss his cheerful disposition, infectious smile and uplifting spirit. Our hearts are with Claudette, Bijan, Ciara & LeDon during this difficult time.”
What has followed since news of his passing spread has been an outpouring of love, respect, and condolences to his family and friends.