DALLAS -- Monday was a day Bob Ortegel wishes he could have stayed in bed and just be lost with his thoughts.
That's because that's the day that one of Ortegel's closest friends, ESPN Radio play-by-play man Jim Durhan, died at the age of 65.
"The sports world and the radio and television industry lost a superstar,'' Ortegel said after the Dallas Mavericks ran away from the Portland Trail Blazers, 114-91, Monday at American Airlines Center. "I worked side-by-side with that man for eight years doing Mavericks games and we worked over 600 games together and he's like a brother to me.
"We're extremely close and we've always stayed in touch and would get together when he would come in to (Dallas) to do ESPN games.''
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