ESPN's Jim Durham Dead at 65
Durham was the lead play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ESPN Radio since the package began airing on the network in January 1996. He died over the weekend at his home in Tomball, TX. Durham’s final assignment for ESPN was last Tuesday’s season-opener between Boston and Miami. He worked the game with long-time partner, Dr. Jack Ramsay.
Prior to joining ESPN in 1992, where Durham also called college basketball Major League Baseball games, he had been the television voice of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks (1993-2001). He also served as radio and television commentator for the Chicago Bulls (1973-91), Chicago White Sox television play-by-play announcer (1989-90) and Houston Astros television commentator (1983-85). Additionally, Durham also handled sports announcing chores for NBC, CBS and Turner Sports.
Durham received Illinois Sportscaster-of-the-Year honors in 1979, 1989 and 1990, and garnered Chicago Emmy Awards in 1989 and 1991. In 2011 Durham was honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with the Curt Gowdy Media Award, presented annually to members of the print and electronic media whose longtime efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.
Durham was 65 and is survived by his wife, Helen, their three children, Patrick, Richard and Tracy and several grandchildren.
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