Turner Sports NBA Reporter and Analyst Sekou Smith Dies at 48 from COVID-19

Longtime NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith died on Tuesday due to COVID-19.

The last 11 years Smith worked for Turner Sports, specifically with NBA-TV and wrote for NBA.com. Smith spent 20 years covering the NBA.

In 1994, Smith started his career in Jackson, Mississippi at The Clarion-Ledger. Then, he spent four years with The Indianapolis Star. Then, he moved to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before ultimately joining Turner Sports in 2009.

Commissioner Adam Silver released a thoughtful statement following the news of Smith’s passing.

“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,” Silver said. “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. Sekou’s love of basketball was clear to everyone who knew him and it always shined through in his work. Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife, Heather, and their children, Gabriel, Rielly and Cameron.”

Of course, Tuesday was also the anniversary of the day Kobe Bryant died last year. So, obviously it was already heavy day for the NBA. Smith’s death certainly added to the somber mood across the association.

Players, coaches, teams, media members and organizations all shared their thoughts on social media.

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