Jim Durham, who broadcast games for ESPN since 1996 and was present during the height of Bulls madness, died on Sunday at his home in Texas. He was 65.
Durham had quite a career in sports broadcasting, working for various outlets over the years which included CBS, NBC, and Turner Sports. He was known as the "voice" of the Bulls from 1973-1991, years which saw Michael Jordan rise to infamy in the sports world.
''Jim was the voice of the Bulls for 18 years and he was the best at calling a basketball game I ever heard,'' Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf said. ''I loved the energy he brought to our broadcasts, the way he painted a word picture of what was happening on the court which made you feel like you were there, and his sense of humor. Most importantly, Jim was my friend and I will miss the conversations we had about the NBA, life in general, and his favorite baseball team… the Chicago White Sox. On behalf of the entire Chicago Bulls organization, my deepest condolences to Helen and his entire family. He will be greatly missed.”
Durham received the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2011 for his decades-long career and contributions in the sports world; many in the business expressed grief at the news of his death earlier this week, saying he was one-of-a-kind.
''He's the true definition of a Hall of Famer,'' said Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. ''There is nobody who was better at radio. We were lucky when I first got the team that he was the broadcaster. ... He was a class act all the way. You can't say anything but great things about Jim.''
Our friend and colleague Jim Durham, ESPN Radio's NBA voice, has passed away. Thoughts and prayers for JD and family. http://t.co/zkGi5p7N
So sad hearing about the passing of NBA radio voice on ESPN -Jim Durham He was a PRO! May he RIP. http://t.co/hDITMaf9
Condolences to the family of Jim Durham. I'll miss working with him and hearing his calls. http://t.co/IfnRWmXV
Saddened by the passing of Jim Durham. He was an NBA and ESPN fixture: http://t.co/LiyWgTSP
Jim Durham, my favorite Chicago play-by-play voice growing up, passed away. Very sad news. http://t.co/tCdrnkDL
Hate to see friends depart. Sympathies all around. Jim Durham dies at 65; was former broadcaster for Bulls and Mavs