College - Pepperdine '76
Former NBA great Dennis Johnson begins his fourth season on the Clippers' bench after being hired midway through the 1999-00 season. Prior to joining the Clippers, Johnson began his professional head coaching career with the La Crosse Bobcats of the CBA in 1999-00, earning CBA Coach of the Month honors for January 2000. Johnson was hired by the Bobcats after serving as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics for four seasons (1993-97).
Over his standout 14-year NBA career, Johnson averaged 14.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds en-route to winning three NBA Championships (Seattle in 1979 and Boston in 1984 and 1986). Johnson was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 1979. Considered one of the best defensive players in NBA history, Johnson was named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team on six occasions and All-Defensive Second Team three times in addition to being a member of the All-NBA First Team in 1981 and a member of the All-NBA Second Team in 1980.
Born in San Pedro, Calif., Johnson attended Pepperdine University during the 1975-76 season before being selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round (29th overall) of the 1976 NBA Draft.