John Johnson, ‘point forward’ pioneer who assisted the Seattle SuperSonics win the 1979 NBA title, died on 7 January 2016. He was 68. He spent almost twelve-year (1970-1982) in the field of sports scoring 11,200 career points. During his lifetime he played with many professional teams. He is survived by his two sons, Jeremy and Mitch.
Born on October 18, 1947 in Carthage, Mississippi, John Johnson was an American basketball player. He began his basketball career in his Messmer High School, (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Playing for school, he helped lead Messmer to the Wisconsin state title in 1966. He then went on to the University of Iowa where he set record with 49 and 46 points during his senior year.
Johnson’s peak professional moments came when he was drafted seventh overall by Cleveland in 1970. He made All-Star appearances for the Cavaliers in 1971 and 1972. He was the Cavalier's first player to play in an NBA All Star Game. In years to come he played for Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets and SuperSonics team. He is most remembered for his association with Seattle SuperSonics as he was one of the most valuable contributor of the team that won the NBA Finals in 1979. In his more than a decade long career he played with four teams, scoring 11,200 career points. His bid adieu to the game in 1980 after almost twelve illustrious year and moved to Seattle and finally to San Jose to be closer to his son, who was playing basketball at Stanford University.
We will surely miss the presence of a truly loveable and kind person. May his soul rest in peace.
Children: Jeremy and Mitch
(FAN OF Mr. JOHN JOHNSON)
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