DJ redefined NBA stardom

Alongside Bird, McHale, Parish and Ainge, he quietly raised the bar

Updated: April 4, 2010, 11:19 PM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPNBoston.com

"The fact that Dennis Johnson is not in the Hall of Fame is a disgrace to the sport of basketball and I am embarrassed." -- Bill Walton

Those were Big Bill's thoughts 15 years ago or so, when Dennis Johnson was first eligible for the Hall of Fame. Year after year, DJ waited for a call that never came, that never had a chance of even being made. He was deemed unworthy.

And then he died in February 2007.

But his wife, Donna, and his family and friends, including ...

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