Sekou Smith Biography – Sekou Smith Wiki
Sekou Smith was a longtime NBA reporter and television analyst. He worked for Turner Broadcasting, where he appeared on NBA TV and hosted The Hang Time Podcast. He also contributed regularly to NBA.com.
Smith went to college at Jackson State in Mississippi, before starting his career at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson. He went on to become a fixture in the NBA universe – first as a beat writer covering the Indiana Pacers in 2001 for the Indianapolis Star and the Atlanta Hawks for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 2005-2009, before joining Turner Sports in 2009. Since joining Turner Sports, Smith starred across all platforms for Turner, serving as an analyst for NBA TV, a writer for NBA.com and a host of the Hang Time Podcast.
Smith mentored countless colleagues in the business as a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He also was one of a handful of journalists who spent time inside the NBA’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, to cover last season’s playoffs, including the NBA Finals.
Sekou Smith Age
Sekou Smith was born in 1972 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He died on January 26, 2021, at the age of 48.
Sekou Smith Wife Heather Smith
Sekou Smith was married to his wife, Heather Smith. On May 20, 2020, he shared a sweet message to his wife on Mother’s Day. He wrote: “If you only knew what it takes for this one to ever take a bow as the great Mother, wife, teacher and all around beautiful soul that she is and always has been (she puts up with me, so she must be an 😇). Happy Mother’s Day. 💝”
Sekou Smith Family
Smith is survived by his wife, Heather Smith, and their three children, Gabriel, Rielly and Cameron. They reside in Marietta, Georgia.
Sekou Smith Death
Sekou Smith died on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, after a battle with COVID-19, ESPN’s Marc Jones announced. He was 48 years old. Jones, who first shared the news of Smith’s passing, tweeted: “Heavy heart today. We lost a good brother to Covid. Sekou Smith of @NBATV and nba.com was a brilliant and insightful writer, a positive dude. He’s gone home to be with the Lord.”
Turner Sports said in a statement: “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.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement: “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. 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.”
The National Association of Black Journalists said in a statement: “The passing of Sekou Smith due to Covid-19 complications hits no many members of the NABJ Sports family extremely hard. He was more than a colleague; he was a friend and brother to us and so many others. Our deepest prayers go out to his wife Heather and their children.”
Marc J Spears, senior NBA writer for ESPN”s The Undefeated, tweeted: “Thank you for your brotherly friendship, humor, honesty and compassion. Glad we had a chance to tell each other we loved each other three weeks ago. You were a gift to this Earth as a friend, father and a man Sekou Smith. Rest In Peace to my brother. Prayers to your wife & family.”
The Pro Basketball Writers Association tweeted: “Our members are devastated by the passing of our beloved friend and trusted colleague Sekou Smith. He was a kind, caring person and a tremendous journalist. We love you, Sekou. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his co-workers at Turner Sports.”
Sekou Smith Cause of Death
He died from complications of COVID-19, according to the National Association of Black Journalists. NABJ tweeted: “The passing of Sekou Smith due to Covid-19 complications hits no many members of the NABJ Sports family extremely hard.”
Sekou Smith Health – Sekou Smith Health Problems
Smith had reportedly been battling coronavirus. It was not clear when he was first diagnosed. New Orleans Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy said that he’d last heard about Smith’s condition on Monday night [January 25, 2021], and the news sounded positive.
Sekou Smith Net Worth
Sekou Smith’s net worth is unclear.
Sekou Smith Instagram
Sekou Smith’s Instagram account, @sekou3000, has over 4k followers. His Instagram bio reads, “Adopted ATLien (Grand Rapids born and raised) writes and talks all things NBA for NBA.com and NBA TV.”
NBA TV Sekou Smith Weight Loss
Mourning his death, a fan by the name Pharenheit noted on an online forum, “He did some great work for NBATV. Looked unrecognizable when he went through that big weight loss years ago.”