Sad to hear the news today of the death of long-time NBA announcer Jim Durham. Durham had been calling games for ESPN Radio since 1996, but is most familiar to me and probably other 30-somethings from the Chicago-land area as the descriptive play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Bulls from the mid-80’s until 1990. I personally spent a lot of weeknights sneaking to the edge of the stairs to listen in on Bulls games my father was watching that were on past my bedtime. And while nothing quite compares to seeing Michael Jordan hit a game-winner over Thurl Bailey in Utah the next best thing was listening to Durham’s call of it and the subsequent Johnny “Red” Kerr freak out. Also, wasn’t “bedtime” the suck?
From the time capsule, geek out to this 1990 Chicago Bulls pre-game show that includes Jim Durham and Chicago Tribune beat writer Sam Smith discussing, what else, the NBA trade deadline (6:10).