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    OT: Jim Durham, former Bulls commentator, passes away

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/85...spn-radio-dies

    Jim Durham, ESPN's lead radio play-by-play voice on the NBA and a former broadcaster for the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, died Sunday at his home in Tomball, Texas (outside Houston). He was 65. No cause of death was announced.

    Durham had called NBA games on ESPN Radio since 1996. His final assignment alongside his longtime partner, Dr. Jack Ramsay, was Tuesday night's season opener between Boston and Miami.


    Durham was the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award winner in 2011.


    In addition to his ESPN duties, Durham was the radio and television voice of the Bulls from 1973-91, including the first seven seasons of Michael Jordan's tenure with the team. His final season with the Bulls coincided with the team's first championship.


    He also called Chicago White Sox games on TV in 1989-90 and was the TV voice of the Houston Astros from 1983-85. He was the TV voice of the Mavericks from 1993-2001. In his career, he worked for NBC, CBS and Turner Sports in addition to ESPN.


    Durham was the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 1979, 1989 and 1990 and won two Chicago Emmy awards.


    "Jim was a respected play-by-play specialist who combined a tremendous gift for storytelling with a Hall of Fame voice," said Mo Davenport, ESPN Radio's senior vice president and general manager. "He's been a dedicated friend and a trusted teammate to so many at ESPN for two decades, and he will be greatly missed."


    "Jim was an extraordinary professional," said John Martin, ESPN executive producer, radio remotes, who frequently worked on-site with Durham. "His talent for calling NBA on radio in vivid, descriptive terms was unmatched. When JD was so deservedly recognized with the Gowdy Award, he had the Hall of Fame career to go along with his long-established position as a Hall of Fame person. He was a sensational individual."


    Durham is survived by his wife, Helen, their three children, Patrick, Richard and Tracy, and several grandchildren.

    "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
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    Thanks MJ-Bulls for the picture.

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    "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
    - Michael Jordan

    Thanks MJ-Bulls for the picture.

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    RIP Jim I always enjoyed your broadcast. I hope you Johnny Red Kerr and Norm are smiling down on us.

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    RIP not sure if I ever heard him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheaptrikz View Post
    rip not sure if i ever heard him.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheaptrikz View Post
    RIP not sure if I ever heard him.
    you have,even if you dont know it.

    he's the guy who you hear along with johnny red kerr on calling the shot "The inbounds pass comes in to Jordan. Here's Michael at the foul line, the shot on Ehlo...GOOD! THE BULLS WIN IT! THEY WIN IT! "
    http://chicagoist.com/2012/11/05/for...m_durham_h.php

    he was also the master of ceremonies when they did the 20th anniversary celebration of the 91 team couple years ago
    Last edited by abe_froman; 11-05-2012 at 03:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abe_froman View Post
    you have,even if you dont know it.

    he's the guy who you hear along with johnny red kerr on calling the shot "The inbounds pass comes in to Jordan. Here's Michael at the foul line, the shot on Ehlo...GOOD! THE BULLS WIN IT! THEY WIN IT! "
    http://chicagoist.com/2012/11/05/for...m_durham_h.php

    he was also the master of ceremonies when they did the 20th anniversary celebration of the 91 team couple years ago
    I knew this but didnt know much. i didnt know about the inbound pass call. RIP
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    RIP JD, always loved your calls. So simple, yet descriptive at the same time.

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    Too young to live in his time, but I still get chills every time I hear the in-bound call. He will be missed.

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    Saw this on ESPN earlier today and thought it was pretty sad. Knew immediately who he was from hearing him & Dr. Jack call games on ESPN Radio. Didn't realize he was a former Bulls broadcaster though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamnGoat View Post
    Saw this on ESPN earlier today and thought it was pretty sad. Knew immediately who he was from hearing him & Dr. Jack call games on ESPN Radio. Didn't realize he was a former Bulls broadcaster though.
    I think he would have been a Bulls broadcaster for a lot longer if the Bulls had agreed to pay him what he was asking for.

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    Possibly the best basketball play-by-play announcer I've ever heard. I used to purposely turn down the TV to listen to his call on the radio. I was pissed when the Bulls let him get away.

    R.I.P. Jim Durham

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