Longtime Houston Rockets personnel scout Brent "BJ" Johnson tragically died in a bicycle accident Thursday. He was 65.
Well respected throughout the NBA community, Johnson was one of the longest-tenured members of the Rockets' franchise.
According to the Houston Chronicle‘s Jonathan Feigen, the accident occurred when Johnson, who usually rode his bike for 30 miles a day, hit a ditch.
“He was riding his bike and hit a culvert,” Johnson’s wife Claudette told Feigen. “There was construction. They are thinking he fell forward and broke his neck because there was no blood.”
Johnson had worked in the Rockets organization since its 1994-1995 championship season. He remained with the team through five head coaches, three general managers and two owners during his time in Houston.
“The Houston Rockets mourn the unspeakable loss of longtime personnel scout, Brent “BJ” Johnson,” the Rockets said in a statement. “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.”
Johnson is survived by his wife, his son Bijan and two stepchildren.
When the news of Johnson's death was announced Thursday evening, many around the league took to Twitter to mourn his passing, and the tributes continued Friday: