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Former Bulls announcer Jim Durham has died

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- ESPN radio announcer Jim Durham, who called NBA games for the network, has died. He was 65.
 
   ESPN said Monday that Durham died over the weekend at his home in Tomball, Texas. A cause of death was not announced.
 
   In 2011, Durham received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport.
 
   Durham was the lead play-by-play commentator for NBA games on ESPN Radio since its inception in 1996. His last assignment for ESPN was Tuesday's season opener between Boston and Miami.
 
   A Chicago native, Durham called Bulls games during Michael Jordan's first seven seasons. He also served as a broadcaster for the Dallas Mavericks, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros.

Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the passing of Jim Durham:

"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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