Veteran basketball writer Sekou Smith passed away after contracting the virus at the age of 48. Noted for his insight of the sport, he contributed to the articles on NBA.com and provided analysis on NBA TV as well.
He began his career in 2001 by working with the Indianapolis Star and covering NBA and the Indiana Pacers for the outlet. He moved on to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he covered the Atalanta Hawks for four years till 2009. He was then hired by Turner sports.
The league released a statement after the tragic news where NBA commissioner Adam Smith was quoted as saying, “The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family, Sekou was one of the most affable and dedicated reporters in the NBA and a terrific friend to so many across the league.
He covered the game for more than two decades, including the past 11 years with Turner Sports, where he showed his full range of skills as an engaging television analyst, podcast host and writer.
Smith became the household name at NBA
Hailing from Michigan, he was an ardent follower of basketball and the NBA in particular. Having a penchant for telling stories, he incorporated the trait into his career as well.
“His impact will be felt forever because of the way he was a man,” Turner Sports colleague and friend Steve Smith said
Turner Sports also issued a statement to send their condolences over the passing of their long time employee.
“We are all heartbroken over Sekou’s tragic passing. His commitment to journalism and the basketball community was immense and we will miss his warm, engaging personality. He was beloved by his Turner Sports and NBA friends and colleagues. Our deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones.”
Several members of the NBA fraternity send in their thoughts after the news broke out.