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11/05/2012

Former voice of the Dallas Mavericks, Jim Durham, has died

Durham_110609Very sad hear to the news that former Dallas Mavericks radio play by play voice Jim Durham has died. According to reports, Durham died on Sunday at his home in Tomball, Texas. He was 65.

People around the greater FW/d know Durham as the voice of the Dallas Mavericks from 1993 to 2001 - their dog days.

There was a time when Durham was the voice of a much greater team - the Chicago Bulls. For a host of people who lived in the Midwest during the '90s, Durham was the voice of Michael's Bulls. Durham did Bulls' games from 1973 to 1991.

"He was a great, great radio guy," said the current radio voice of the Mavericks, Chuck Cooperstein, when I got him on the phone today. "I grew up in New York, and Marv Albert is the voice of the Knicks. So Jim is the radio voice of that Bulls team to a lot of people."

In recent years he was the lead radio NBA voice for ESPN radio.

Durham was the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media award winner in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and their three children.

 

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