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). Durham -- who Michael Jordan called "the voice of champions" -- was remembered by fans and colleagues for his memorable calls and his love of the game.
Jim Durham was an extraordinary professional. His talent for calling NBA on radio in vivid, descriptive terms was unmatched.— NBA on ESPN Radio (@NBAonESPNRadio) November 5, 2012
Whether sitting near Jim Durham on press row or standing behind him in the food line, he was one of kindest, smartest guys in the room..RIP.— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) November 5, 2012
This is a sad day. Jim Durham was a better man than a broadcaster, and he was a Hall of Fame broadcaster. It was an honor to work with him.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) November 5, 2012
Getting to know Jim Durham & work with him after hearing his calls on MJ's early title teams ... truly privileged. What a voice. What a gent— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 5, 2012
Condolences to the family of Jim Durham. I'll miss working with him and hearing his calls. espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id&— J.A. Adande (@jadande) November 5, 2012
Wow, horrible news about Jim Durham. What a great play-by-play voice.— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) November 5, 2012
I used to record the ESPN radio calls of Jim Durham take them home and listen and analyze them - Jim was the model -so sadRIP— David Locke (@Lockedonsports) November 5, 2012