I hardly knew Sekou Smith when he covered the Hawks for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He wrote about the NBA team with authority, and his stories impressed me. A few times I said hello to him in the newsroom, warmed by his friendly spirit and electric smile. He was one of those people whose light always shines.
Sekou moved on from the AJC to NBA-TV and NBA.Com, drawing committed followers with his expert knowledge of the game.
Now, Sekou's gone at age 48, a victim of the covid virus. A man in his prime, a husband, and the father of three children.
That sadness strikes home, although I hardly knew him.