The NBA world has been in mourning on Monday, as news spread that legendary play-by-play man Jim Durham passed at the age of 65 at his home in Texas. Perhaps the biggest member of the NBA world, Michael Jordan, was deeply saddened by the loss (via ESPN Chicago):
"The voice of champions," Jordan texted to ESPNChicago.com's Melissa Isaacson. "I will miss him."
Durham did radio and television work for the Bulls from 1973-91. That coincided with the first seven seasons of Jordan's career, and Durham's last season with the team happened to be their first championship.
Durham was in the booth for two of Jordan's most memorable moments, "The Shot" in 1989 against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Jordan's game-winner in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz:
Durham was ESPN's lead radio play-by-play man for the NBA at the time of his death. To go along with his work at ESPN, he worked for NBC, CBS and Turner Sports. He also did television work for the Dallas Mavericks from 1993-2001. And not only did he do basketball, but he worked gigs for the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros as well.