Former Bulls Broadcaster Jim Durham Dies

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Jim Durham, center, calls a Bulls/Celtics game with Johnny Kerr, left, in 1986.  
(Tom Schnecke)

Jim Durham, center, calls a Bulls/Celtics game with Johnny Kerr, left, in 1986.
(Tom Schnecke)

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(CBS) Former broadcaster for the Chicago Bulls Jim Durham died Sunday at his home in Tomball, Texas. He was 65.

Durham was the radio and television voice of the Bulls from 1973-91, including the first seven seasons of Michael Jordan’s career in Chicago.

He also spent time calling White Sox games on TV from 1989-90, was the TV voice of the Houston Astros from 1983-85 and was the TV voice of the Mavericks from 1993-2001.

In 2011, Durham was was awarded the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award.

Durham is survived by his wife, Helen, their three children, Patrick, Richard and Tracy and several grandchildren.

In the wake of Durham’s passing, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf released the following statement:

“I was so sorry to learn this morning of Jim Durham’s untimely passing. Jim was the voice of the Bulls for 18 years and he was the best at calling a basketball game I ever heard. I loved the energy he brought to our broadcasts, the way he painted a word picture of what was happening on the court which made you feel like you were there, and his sense of humor. Most importantly, Jim was my friend and I will miss the conversations we had about the NBA, life in general, and his favorite baseball team… the Chicago White Sox. On behalf of the entire Chicago Bulls organization, my deepest condolences to Helen and his entire family. He will be greatly missed.”

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