ESPN broadcaster Jim Durham dies at age 65

ESPN radio voice Jim Durham passed away on Sunday at the age of 65. No cause of death has been reported.

Jim Durham, ESPN's lead NBA radio play-by-play voice, died in his home at the age of 65 on Sunday, the company announced. No cause of death has been listed. Durham had been calling games for the four-letter network since 1996, and he was on duty for Tuesday's season opener between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.

Durham is probably best known for his work as a broadcaster for the Chicago Bulls through the Michael Jordan era. Along with Johnny "Red" Kerr, Durham provided the signature calls for many of Jordan's best moments, at least early in his career. Durham left the team in 1991 after Jordan's first championship to serve in the same position with the Dallas Mavericks. He left that position in 2001.

Durham is a three-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year award-winner and also won two Emmys in his career. He won the Curt Gowdy Media award from the Nasmith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Here's a video of one of Durham's most famous calls.


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