Jim Durham – RIP

Today is a sad day for longtime NBA fans, with the passing of Jim Durham. ‘JD’ was only 65 years old. My fondest memories of Durham are from his time as play-by-play man for the Chicago Bulls TV & radio networks in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Durham’s most famous call will be forever linked to Michael Jordan – 1989’s ‘The Shot’. My words simply won’t do it justice, so let’s hear it from JD himself. Here’s an excellent clip uploaded by ESPN – two iconic Jordan moments, as called by the unmistakable voice of the one and only Jim Durham:

Other signature Jim Durham calls burnt into my memory include:

– “Michael into the front-court…”

– “…rimming – no” / “rimming – yes”

– “…book it”.

Just last year, Durham was presented with the Curt Gowdy Media Award – for his contribution to the sport – from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Accepting the award, he was as unassuming as ever, telling a great story or two about those he had the pleasure of working with throughout his career – including the great Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr.

Rest in peace, Jim Durham. Your voice and Michael Jordan’s career are forever entwined.

Do you have a favourite moment from JD’s amazing broadcasting career that comes to mind?

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2 thoughts on “Jim Durham – RIP

  1. Great tribute Adam. Durham’s voice was the soundtrack for a lot of folks who grew up with Jordan in their lives. His legacy ultimately will be his part in The Shot from 1989. Keep the nostalgia coming mate.

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