Rockets scout B.J. Johnson passes away in a bicycle accident

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Houston Rockets scout Brent “B.J.” Johnson has passed away. He was 65.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, the Houston Chronicle is reporting that he died following a bicycle accident.

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“He was riding his bike and hit a culvert,” Johnson’s wife Claudette said. “There was construction. They are thinking he fell forward and broke his neck because there was no blood.”

Johnson worked for the Rockets since their 1994-95 season when the team won the championship over the Orlando Magic. He was one of the team’s longest tenured employees. 

“B.J. was always true to himself,” Claudette Johnson said. “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.”

When Johnson was not working for the Rockets, he would reportedly bike 30 miles a day. 

Johnson’s death comes on the same day that Daryl Morey elected to step down as the Rockets General Manager. He spent 13 seasons in the role.

Morey will stay with the team through November 1st, before departing to pursue other opportunities.

He is survived by his wife Claudette. He also leaves behind his son Bijan Johnson, his step son Michael Mitchell, and step daughter Ciara Brown. 

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