This week’s guest is veteran NBA reporter Sekou Smith. In this episode, he offers his perspective on the state of the NBA during the COVID-19 quarantine and how he’s never seen anything like this before. This is coming from a guy who covered the NBA during 9/11 and a lockout. He also offers his expert opinion on which players deserve what individual awards if the season does not resume to top it off, Sekou shares which NBA cities have the best food.
3:55 – Sekou talks about what it’s like being a sportswriter with no sports happening. He walks us through what it was like being on the job when the first NBA game got canceled and how absolutely everything is shut down and calls the situation “unchartered territory.” He also hopes that since the NBA was the first league to call their season off, that they will also be the first to return after the pandemic is over. For the record, he isn’t the biggest fan of the H.O.R.S.E. and NBA 2K tournaments taking the games place.
14:00 – Sekou runs down who he would vote for Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. No, Zion is not getting his vote. He also talks about how long it will take for players to get ready if the season starts again. He’s also surprised at the number of players who do not have access to hoops and courts right now.
20:00 – Sekou talks about the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class featuring Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tamika Catchings, and the late great Kobe Bryant. He admits that he’s “furious” and feels “selfish” because he won’t get to see Kobe take the stage in Springfield. He also shares a couple of his personal Kobe stories.
27:30 – Sekou offers his thoughts on Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson (“Knuckleheads”) and Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson (“All the Smoke”) entering the podcast and media space. He also talks about what it’s like working with (and competing) with players entering his field of expertise. He also reveals what player he thinks will be a perfect fit for media after he stops playing.
36:50 – Sekou says Miami is his favorite NBA city to try food in. He shares some details about some of his favorite spots.
39:00 – Sekou says Barack Obama would be his dream interview and talks about what he would try to pull out of him.
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