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Former Bulls, ESPN NBA announcer Jim Durham dies at age 65

Nov 5, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

Jim Durham - 2003

Jim Durham had one of the great voices ever to broadcast NBA games. He worked for the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, most recently he was ESPN’s radio play-by-play announcer, having worked Boston at Miami on opening night.

He died Sunday at his home outside Houston at the age of 65.

He had been the Bulls broadcaster for 18 seasons, including the first years of Michael Jordan’s career (though his first titleDurham was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame on 2011 with the Curt Gowdy Media Award. He had at times worked for NBC, CBS and Turner during his legendary career.

Durham is survived by his wife, Helen, their three children, Patrick, Richard and Tracy and several grandchildren. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

  1. jdvalk - Nov 5, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    RIP

  2. sdelmonte - Nov 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Loved listening to him and Dr Jack over the years in my cable free life. Saddened and shocked that he won’t be there next time.

  3. Gordon - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    He was great on Bulls broadcasts. RIP.

  4. money2long - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    “BULLS WIN, BULLS WIN”
    -Durham

    jim durham’s famous game call during jordan’s famous game winning shot against cleveland

  5. mazblast - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Fine announcer, great radio voice. You may not have been able to identify him by name, but you knew that voice. Unlike most announcers these days, if he had nothing to say, he said nothing.

    We’ll miss him.

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