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Jim Durham, ESPN’s lead radio play-by-play voice on the NBA and a former broadcaster for the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, died Sunday at his home in Tomball, Texas (outside Houston). He was 65. No cause of death was announced.


Durham had called NBA games on ESPN Radio since 1996. His final assignment alongside his longtime partner, Dr. Jack Ramsay, was Tuesday night’s season opener between Boston and Miami.

Durham was the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award winner in 2011.

In addition to his ESPN duties, Durham was the radio and television voice of the Bulls from 1973-91, including the first seven seasons of Michael Jordan’s tenure with the team. His final season with the Bulls coincided with the team’s first championship.

* Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen tweets above in gallery*