NBA announcer Jim Durham dead at 65: Michael Jordan will miss 'the voice of champions'

jim-durham-bulls.jpgOn Sunday, Nov. 4, NBA announcer Jim Durham died at home in Texas at age 65, confirms the Chicago Tribune. No cause of death was given.

Durham was the play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Bulls from 1973 to 1991, when Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and the Bulls won the NBA Championship. "The voice of champions," Jordan told ESPN on Monday. "I will miss him."

Later in his career, Durham called games for the Dallas Mavericks, and then went on to work for TBS and TNT. After 1995, he called NBA games for ESPN and ESPN Radio. Since 1998, Durham has been a play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball.

"I am stunned. Devastated," says Steve Schanwald, Chicago Bulls' executive vice president of business operations.  "I loved that man, we all did here, and of course Jim was the best in the business at his craft. No one brought the game more to life, brought more energy and humor to the broadcasts or painted a more vivid picture of what was happening on the floor than Jim did. I will miss his company and our conversations a lot. But I will always be grateful for our friendship and the times we shared together. Heartfelt condolences to ... his family."
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