Shaka Smart’s grandfather dies
Walter King, the grandfather of Virginia Commonwealth University
men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart, has died.
Scott Day, VCU’s basketball sports information director, says
King died early Tuesday. He was 90.
Smart, who still plans to travel with the Rams to the Final Four
on Wednesday, says his grandfather was the ”second biggest
influence in my life” and helped develop his appreciation for
basketball. From the time Smart was about 10, he says he would
receive packages from King containing basketball-related articles
clipped from Chicago newspapers.
Smart told the Richmond Times-Dispatch last week that his
grandfather was in a Chicago hospital with failing kidneys.
Day says funeral services for King will take place after the