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Lot # 1194: Dennis Johnson Signed United States Passport

Category: Basketball

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Classic",
which ran from 2/25/2024 10:00 AM to
3/16/2024 10:00 PM

Dennis Johnson is, by a consensus of pro basketball pundits, one of the most underrated NBA players of all time. Presented is a 1995 Dennis Johnson United States passport signed with a full signature by the Basketball Hall of Famer, inducted posthumously into the HOF in 2010. Johnson grew up in Compton, California, near Los Angeles, and he was a late bloomer who was only 5'9" and averaged only a few minutes of playing time at Dominguez High School. Finding success in street ball, he started a growth spurt that eventually took him to his listed pro height of 6'4". He was recruited to play for Los Angeles Harbor College, and he led that team to the California State Junior College Championship, and he went on to continued success at Pepperdine University. Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics, he was a shooting guard and helped the team to its only NBA Championship, and was the NBA Finals MVP in 1979. He was with Seattle through 1980, and then he played three seasons (1980-83) with the Phoenix Suns. He finished his pro career with the Boston Celtics (1983-90). Then playing point guard, Johnson quarterbacked the Celtics to two NBA Championships. He was a 5-time NBA All-Star and was either a First or Second Team All-NBA Defensive Team member for nine seasons. Even though Johnson became an effective scorer, his most productive skills involved his smothering defense and his unselfish playmaking, and thus, "DJ" is still considered underrated because his playing strengths involved team play. After his playing career, Johnson became a scout, and later an assistant coach for several teams, and the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers for the season's final 24 games in 2003. The passport measures approx. 3.5x5.0". Not including the covers, it has 24 pages. The passport stamps show Johnson visiting Canada in 1995, 2000, and 2003 and the Dominican Republic and Brazil in 2005. The passport contains a 1.5x1.75" color photograph of Johnson. DJ signed the passport, in a neatly written large signature, in black ink with a ballpoint pen. He signed as "Dennis W. Johnson." The passport is in excellent condition.

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