The NBA broadcasting world has lost one of its greatest voices.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Durham, the lead voice of the NBA on ESPN Radio, passed away Sunday at age 65. Durham’s last assignment was Tuesday’s Celtics/Heat NBA opener for ESPN Radio.
While perhaps not as well known as other NBA voices, such as Marv Albert or even Brent Musburger, Durham called several memorable NBA games during a nearly forty-year association with the league.
During his 19-year tenure as the voice of the Chicago Bulls, his call of Michael Jordan‘s series-clinching game winner against the Cavaliers in 1989 remains one of the most iconic in NBA history.
Durham spent 20 years with ESPN, the past sixteen as the lead voice of the NBA on ESPN Radio. Four times, including 2012, he was the national radio voice of the NBA Finals. Durham also called NBA games on ESPN and ABC for a brief period during the 2000s.
Last year, he was honored with the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Award.
(Monday’s news from ESPN Front Row)