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Friends and colleagues continue to celebrate the life of Sekou Smith, the NBA reporter and analyst for Turner Sports .

In a three-part memorial on NBA Hang Time, the podcast he helped popularize, former co-hosts and guests remembered Smith for his humor, intensity and love of basketball.

“I just remember thinking to myself, this dude had to play ball,” former NBA forward Rick Fox said on the podcast of first meeting Smith. “Like, ‘Was he a pro?’ Because we have so many NBA guys, retired athletes, working for Turner, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Did

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