DALLAS – Legendary broadcaster Jim Durham, who died Sunday, will always be remembered fondly by the Mavericks organization.
Durham was the Mavs’ television play-by-play man from 1993-2001. He parted with the franchise after owner Mark Cuban attempted Durham, who called games on ESPN Radio from 1996 until this season, to commit full-time to the Mavs.
Durham, who was 65, was the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award winner in 2011.
“He’s the true definition of a Hall of Famer,” Cuban said. “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.”
Added coach Rick Carlisle: “He’ll be remembered as one of the legendary voices of the game. … He’ll certainly be missed.”
Durham began his NBA broadcasting career in 1973 with the Chicago Bulls, whose games he called until 1991. He also had brief tenures in baseball as the play-by-play man for the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros.
There was a moment of silence at the American Airlines Center in Durham's honor before the national anthem Monday night.
“He had the golden voice,” Cuban said, “and there’ll be nobody like him.”