Jim Durham, who worked play-by-play on radio and television for the Chicago Bulls for 18 seasons, passed away over the weekend. He was 65 years old.
Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement this afternoon on Durham's death.
I was so sorry to learn this morning of Jim Durhams untimely passing. Jim was the voice of the Bulls for 18 years and he was the best at calling a basketball game I ever heard. I loved the energy he brought to our broadcasts, the way he painted a word picture of what was happening on the court which made you feel like you were there, and his sense of humor.
"Most importantly, Jim was my friend and I will miss the conversations we had about the NBA, life in general, and his favorite baseball team the Chicago White Sox. On behalf of the entire Chicago Bulls organization, my deepest condolences to Helen and his entire family. He will be greatly missed.
Durham was awarded in 2011 the Curt Gowdy Media Award, presented each year at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to outstanding media journalists.
Durham was awarded Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 1979, 1989 and 1990 while calling games for the Bulls, and won Chicago Emmy Awards in 1989 and 1991.
Durham, a Chicago native, was around for Michael Jordan's first seven NBA seasons, including the Bulls' first three NBA championships from 1991 to 1993. He also worked as the Chicago White Sox television play-by-play man from 1989 to 1990.
He joined ESPN in 1992, and had been the lead play-by-play commentator for NBA on ESPN Radio since January 1996, when the show first aired.
Perhaps Durham's most famous call was on ESPN Radio, when Michael Jordan took and made his last shot as a Chicago Bull in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. Durham also called Jordan's famous shot over Craig Ehlo in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round.View the story "Longtime Bulls, NBA broadcaster Jim Durham passes away" on Storify
NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.
Head coach: Gene Nudo
Assistant coaches: Dick Eufrasio, Titcus Pettigrew, Tim Rooney, Brien Rooney, Craig Schneider, Joe Bauers, Mike Herman and Joe Hajek
How they fared in 2018: 3-6 (2-2 Chicago Catholic League/Green Conference). Fenwick failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoffs.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 vs Curie
Sept. 6 vs Dunbar
Sept. 13 @ Nazareth Academy
Sept. 20 @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 27 vs. Marist
Oct. 4 vs Marmion Academy
Oct. 11 vs. St. Patrick
Oct. 18 @ Leo
Oct. 25 @ St. Ignatius
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Biggest storyline: The new conference. Can the Friars bounce back from last season while playing a new and challenging league?
Names to watch this season: OL/DL Sean Carpenter (Sr.) QB Kaden Cobb (Soph.) and WR Bryce Legan (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Friars welcome back several starters from last fall but will also need to find six new replacements on the defensive side of the football.
EDGY's Early Take: Fenwick struggled last season. The Friars played several underclassmen starters and they're hoping that experience will pay off come August. The new CCL/ESCC mega conference also brings new challenges. It includes a tough path in the middle of the season with games at Nazareth, at Joliet Catholic and then at home vs. Marist. If the Friars can get out of the gate quickly, they have a good shot at earning a state playoff spot in 2019.
NBA Draft week is filled with rumors that never come to fruition, so take this with a grain of salt.
The Bulls are reportedly interested in trading up to draft Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland.
That report from ESPN's Jonathan Givnoy comes in the wake of him also reporting that Garland has scheduled a last-minute workout with the New York Knicks, owners of the No. 3 pick.
Other reports mention that the Knicks are bringing Garland in for the private workout just in case they move out of the No. 3 slot on draft night. They're still expected to take Duke's R.J. Barrett after the New Orleans Pelicans select Zion Williamson first overall and the Memphis Grizzlies nab Murray State point guard with the second pick.
For the Bulls, it makes sense. They have an obvious need at point guard - though that shouldn't be their main focus on draft night - and have been enamored with Garland for quite some time. Though Garland played only five games as a freshman before tearing his meniscus, the former 5-star recruit has drawn comparisons to Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker for his outside prowess at the point and his playmaking ability.
It's unclear what the Bulls would have to give up in a potential deal, but it would be a lot. Of the teams listed as potentially trying to trade up to No. 4, the Hawks (three first-round picks) and the Celtics (three first-round picks) have more assets to offer than the Bulls.
It's difficult to see a scenario where the Bulls part with any of Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine or Wendell Carter Jr. in a package for No. 4. In theory, the Bulls could offer up a protected first-round pick in next year's draft, similar to what the Dallas Mavericks did last season in moving up for Luka Doncic. Dallas traded the No. 5 pick and a top-5 protected pick for the No. 3 pick. That pick wound up being No. 10 this season.
For now, it's a rumor and we'll keep an eye on it over the next 48 hours.