Ex-Hawk Randy Smith dead at 60

Randy Smith, a NBA All-Star in the 1970s who ended his career with the Atlanta Hawks, has died in Connecticut. Smith was 60.

Smith was brought to the emergency room of William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, where he was pronounced dead Thursday, the Associated Press is reporting.

The Buffalo Braves drafted Smith out of Buffalo State in 1971. He was in the NBA 13 years.

He played seven years for the Braves alongside future basketball Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo and under coach Jack Ramsay, another future Hall member.

Smith played for the Clippers when the Braves moved to San Diego, and with Cleveland, New York and the Hawks before retiring during the 1982-83 season.

He appeared in 906 consecutive games from 1972-83, the league record until A.C. Green broke the mark in 1997.

Smith was the most valuable player of the 1978 All-Star game.

He was working as a host and greeter for the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut at the time of his death.