Atlanta-based NBA reporter Sekou Smith passed away Tuesday. He was 48. His exact cause of death wasn’t given, but Smith had tested positive for Covid-19.
Smith was a sports analyst and reporter on NBA TV and NBA.com. He worked out of the Turner Sports offices in Atlanta.
Before joining Turner, Smith was an Atlanta Hawks beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In a statement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Smith “one of the most affable and dedicated reporters in the NBA.”
NBA stars reacted to the news of Smith’s passing on social media.
Chris Paul tweeted: “Man today just got a little heavier… my condolences to Sekou’s wife, family, friends, and extended NBA family. What a kind and compassionate man we just lost.”
Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade wrote: “I’ve never had anything but positive interactions and conversations with Sekou Smith. Our prayers go out to the Smith family. We lost a good one. Rest in Heaven.”
In a tribute on NBA TV, reporter Matt Winer referred to Smith as “a journalist’s journalist. Skeptical. Endearingly cranky. Always passionate about the subject matter he loved though: sports. And most importantly, a devoted husband and father. A great friend to so many of us here…”
Smith leaves behind a wife, Heather, and three children, Gabriel, Reilly and Cameron.