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Jim Durham's death hits Thunder announcer Matt Pinto hard

The NBA announcers had worked together for three seasons with the Dallas Mavericks
by Mel Bracht Published: November 5, 2012

Pinto said he didn't know that Durham had been ill. “I knew he had some heart issues in the past,” he said. “In fact, the season I transitioned from radio to TV in Dallas was because he had missed some time due to heart surgery.”

A Chicago native, Durham broadcast Bulls games from 1973-91, including the first seven seasons of Michael Jordan's tenure with the team, and delivered several classic calls. “The voice of champions,” Jordan texted to's Melissa Isaacson. “I will miss him.”

In 2011, Durham received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport. He also served as a baseball broadcaster with the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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