Johnny Green Obituary, four-time NBA All-Star dies at 89

Johnny Green

Johnny Green, one of the best players in basketball history, a four-time NBA All-Star, died on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at age 89.

  • Died: November 16, 2023
  • Cause of death: Heart (heart attack) and kidney problems

He died at a hospital in Huntington, New York. His death was confirmed by his son Johnny Jr., who said his father had had heart and kidney problems for about a year.

John Michael “Jumpin’ Johnny” Green (December 8, 1933 – November 16, 2023) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans, earning consensus second-team All-American honors. He was a four-time NBA All-Star.

Jumpin’ Johnny, as he came to be known, was 6-foot-5 and about 200 pounds, but he often bested taller and huskier frontline opponents, snaring rebounds, blocking shots, and hitting short-range baskets.

He was durable as well; he avoided serious injuries and had some of his best seasons late in his career. He played in the N.B.A. until he was 39, retiring after the 1972-73 season.

Green was an all-American at Michigan State University in his junior and senior seasons. When he was a sophomore, he led the Spartans to a share of the 1957 Big Ten championship with Indiana and a berth in the N.C.A.A. tournament’s Final Four.

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