Sekou Smith, an award-winning basketball writer and NBA TV analyst, passed away at 48 years old after a battle with COVID-19. He is survived by his wife Heather and three children.
His main shows with NBA TV included “Game Time” and “The Beat,” and Smith was the host and creator of NBA.com’s “Hang Time” podcast and blog. His last podcast appearance was Jan. 11.
Stan Van Gundy started his press conference sending thoughts and prayers to https://t.co/KaK1ABaOnm and NBA TV’s Sekou Smith who is battling COVID.
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) January 20, 2021
The NBA community took to social media to pay tribute to Sekou Smith.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 27, 2021
No. Hell no.
I spent hundreds of long nights in the bowels of then-Philips Arena with Sekou Smith, and everything you're reading is true. Great writer, even better human: Always upbeat and helpful, loved his Wolverines and his hometown of GRap, and loved his kids even more.
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) January 27, 2021