My favorite basketball announcing duo just happens to be one of the more nationally prominent – ABC/ESPN’s pairing of Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown. Though I wish those two would get the top games each week, and the Finals assignment this June, it’s still a treat to hear a quick and open mind in Tirico and the brilliant Hubie Brown ply their trade on each weekend’s “number two” game. There's a reason I'm watching those two more this year than most others, though.
I’ve taken in more ABC/ESPN telecasts with the TV volume up in 2012-13 because Jim Durham passed away last fall. Durham, in my opinion, is the best basketball announcer to ever sit behind a microphone. When he passed six months ago I found it hard to properly construct a post for BDL as to what it meant to listen to the man call basketball games for so many years.
Durham’s radio partner at ESPN, Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay, is currently having the same sort of issues. And though he’s often paired with some of the best (and I don’t say this lightly or without experience in listening) in the play-by-play business – Kevin Calabro, Marc Kestecher and Dave Flemming – Ramsay’s age and rough year without his longtime partner have apparently taken a toll. Dr. Jack is set to call it a career as a broadcaster this summer, according to an interview with FOX Sports’ Chris Tomasson:
Read More »from Dr. Jack Ramsay may retire from the radio booth following this season
“I think this will be my last year,’’ Ramsay, a Naples, Fla., resident who once was a Miami Heat television analyst, said in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida.