The sports world loses another Legend:Jim Durham, NBA play-by-play voice on ESPN Radio dead at age 65

Just heard Jim Durham doing the Heat-Celtics game on ESPN Radio this past Tuesday night and I have heard Jim do 100’s of games over the years, along-side Dr. Jack Ramsay, the former Portland Trailblazers head coach and they made a good team and they started working Hubie Brown in with them for the playoffs in recent seasons…..Jim Durham was one of the best ever and he knew how to get out of the way and let Dr. Jack and the others have their say….Durham knew how to make others sound better and he did not let the egos of the sport take over the broadcast, he knew how to incorporate them into the broadcast….A true ‘Hall of Famer’….Jim Durham, gone at age 65…..

Jim had a booming voice and he knew how to use it and here is what others are saying about him at……


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.

“The voice of champions,” Jordan texted to’s Melissa Isaacson. “I will miss him.”

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