By Jerry Wein

The NBA is mourning Sekou Smith, a longtime reporter and television analyst, who died yesterday after a battle with COVID-19.

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Smith went to college at Jackson State in Mississippi, before starting his career at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson.

He covered the NBA first as a beat writer for the Indianapolis Star and the Atlanta Hawks for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, before joining Turner Sports in 2009.

For more than a decade, Smith starred across all platforms for Turner, serving as an analyst for NBA TV, a writer for and a host of the Hang Time Podcast.