Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 5:27 pm  |  96 responses

Lorenzen Wright, 1975-2010

Rest in peace…

The body of longtime NBA player Lorenzen Wright was identified today in southeast Memphis. Wright, who played his high school and college basketball in Memphis before going on to a 13-year NBA career, had been missing for over a week. The Memphis site myeyewitnessnews.com cites sources who report “the body was found in the wooded area of Hacks Cross and Winchester Road. It appears, sources say he had been shot and it may be self inflected.”

According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

Police sources have confirmed they are investigating a 911 hangup call from Wright’s cellphone left Monday morning – the day he disappeared.

Wright likely had a lot of cash on him when he was last seen leaving his ex-wife’s Collierville home, fueling concerns he may be the victim of foul play, according to a Collierville police report released today.

Wright, a former NBA standout who once played for the Memphis Grizzlies, recently flew in from Atlanta to Memphis to visit friends and his six children, friends said. He was scheduled to catch a ride back to the Atlanta area July 19 with a buddy with his six kids in tow. He was last seen in the wee hours of that morning, at about 2 a.m., leaving his ex-wife’s Whisperwood Drive home, but his former wife, Sherra Robinson Wright, 39, told police she doesn’t know who he left with or what type of car they were in, according to the missing person’s report.

On a brief personal note, I had the opportunity to cover Wright on a daily basis when he was a member of the Atlanta Hawks back in 1999-00, and he was one of the nicest, most personable people I’ve ever had the chance to cover, always upbeat, even when he couldn’t find consistent playing time. One season later, given more playing time by then-Hawks coach Lon Kruger, Wright averaged a career-high 12.4 ppg and became one of Atlanta’s most consistent performers.

I was so glad to see a good guy having what seemed to be a breakout season that I wrote a small item about ‘Ren in SLAM 50.

“If you used to play ten minutes a game and you’re getting twenty minutes a game, you’re going to do a whole lot more, ain’t ya?” Wright asked me. “When I get the opportunity to play, I play hard. And good things come to those who play hard.”

Lorenzen Wright was 34 years old.

Damn. — Lang Whitaker


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  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Damn, R.I.P

  • Hurachie


  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Too soon. RIP…

  • http://slamonline.com mike

    God damn shame…RIP

  • OneStep

    Damn indeed. Sad, sad news. Bad things shouldn’t happen to good people. R.I.P.

  • The Philosopher

    Life will make one do it.
    It really will.
    It really will.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Also, some good stuff about Lorenzen from SI’s Jon Wertheim:
    How can you not like a guy who had a dog named “Woof.”

  • total scrotal implosion

    Damn. I feel so bad for his kids. I hope police can catch the culprits. Is this another instance of athlete being targeted? ….Tomorrow is guaranteed to none


    This so feels like the disappearance and murder of Patrick Dennehy. RIP, Lorenzen Wright.

  • Young C

    Damn shame. R.I.P Lorenzen Wright.

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    Damn, something you just absolutely never want to hear. RIP

  • joey dorseys elbow

    They’re saying locally that the wound looks self inflicted

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    I try not to curse, but this news really makes me want to curse.

  • grandmama

    R.I.P. :(

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    R.I.P. Lorenzen Wright.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    When this first dropped, officials were saying no foul play was suspected, while the family was really concerned that dude was in trouble. Now this news comes out. That sucks.

  • bnets


  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    We roll, we go. R.I.P.

  • http://www.mauricegarland.com Maurice Garland

    heavy stuff man. damn. wow man.

  • The Philosopher

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

  • The Philosopher

    Life is a foreign language.
    All men mispronounce it. – Christopher Morley.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Sad, sad news.. RIP Lorenzen…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Will pray for his family, because if it is self inflicted alot of questions will be brought up about what he felt he was lacking in his life, to take his soul away like that.

  • Rusty

    RIP, tragic for someone to go so young

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Very sad news. RIP.

  • Jake

    One of my favorite players ever.Even though he never put up the numbers some felt he should have,he played with heart when he got the chance.The tragedy with his child a few years ago and injuries probably took a toll on him.Hopefully he has some peace now.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    sad news man…. can’t even imagine how awful this must be for his family. 34 years old…. damn…

  • Evin

    I feel for his family.

  • wilz

    cruel world

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose


  • JTaylor21

    Anybody who’s from and knows about the M-Town knowns that this wasn’t a suicide. It gets durrty down there real quick. RIP Lorenzen

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Sad sad story, RIP

  • http://chugachugachugachuchu.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    It’s a shame stuff like this happens. RIP

  • james

    why would you go out to the woods to commit suicide? mannn i dont think this was a suicide. May God bless his family and may his soul rest in peace. RIP Lorenzen Wright

  • Hurricane


  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    I agree with James, i’m not too sold on this being a suicide. Still though you hate to see a man taken from this world in this manner at only 34

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com CHI-TOWN SAID IT..


  • Shem

    I’ve only got love for this guy. Awesome player, awesome guy. RIP Wright, damn shame it happened to such a good guy..

  • gani

    RIP Lorenzen Wright

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    Ah man. Poor family. Rest in peace.

  • jose

    Dang, Like i saw this and like i shivered, cuz i really didn’t look into his disappearance that much, i figured he’s be found, but not like this. This got me shaken up a bit. R.I.P. Lorenzen…..Ish! It aint fair….jus aint…

  • Toni Kukoc

    Sad Sad World

    R.I.P. Lorenzo

  • total scrotal implosion

    For one day youre here, and then youre goooooooooooonnee. ‘i asked god why you let these killers live but take my homeboys son away’……i saw my homie once before he died, wish it was twice mayne

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This is bad. 6 kids left behind… :(

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com brotherwithwisdom

    R.I.P. Lorenzen Wright 1975-2010 just really sad news for the basketball world and the entire world in general. Gone too soon.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com brotherwithwisdom

    R.I.P. Lorenzen Wright 1975-2010 just really sad news for the basketball world and the entire world in general. Gone too soon.

  • http://Slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Tragic. Be it murder or be it suicide, His suffering is over. He’s in good hands now.

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    Word just came from Memphis that it was a murder, reports say he was shot up to 12 times

  • unrel

    RIP lorenzen.. i’ll pour a little out for you..

  • darius

    Peace in heaven

  • http://slamonline.com Akira

    Rest in peace
    A diferent world a diferent life
    now you die
    now we cry

  • nastierthanu

    Prepare for tomorrow today.

  • Harrell

    Damn lighting one up for u homie stay strong fam, stay strong city he may not have been a premier player but he was a human being and this just wrong

  • http://sdfkjlf.com Jukai

    This is really upsetting. I liked this dude. Hope he’s found some peace…

  • D.A.

    Rest In Peace. Thoughts and Prayers are with You and Your Family.

  • http://hoopmixtape.ning.com/ Simon S.Y Lawy

    Rest In peace In Heaven

  • 4RD1


  • underdog


  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU GIANNIS BOUROUSIS

    I remember SLAM calling him “a dunking fool” back in the day, long and explosive around the basket but never really became the player most people thought he could be…RIP.

  • Hursty

    This guy always looked out for his family and loved ones.

  • Klemperer

    We need God in the land of the dying. RIP Lorenzen, RIP.

  • total scrotal implosion

    For all the technology, this world is still a jungle. You can only depend on yourself for your survival. Keep one in the chamber

  • kangaroo Jack

    condolences to his family. R.I.P

  • http://www.amper.com/publications/review/Su05-1-attract-retain-employees.asp toodlum48

    Yea, people here that know the M-town & how it gets way too damn much & way tired of it! The way the C-ville PD handled case is not very good at all from the way it seems in the paper, saying there was no major concern to think anything happened to him…the whole damn time his family was SCREAMING something was not right….damn shame right there! Prayers with family & RIP-from those who remember…true to the blue!

  • total scrotal implosion

    Last year, we poured out liquor for you. This year, life goes on…………id be a liar if I told u that I never thought of death, my nicca, we the last ones left, life goes on

  • gregor

    R.I.P Gone from this world far too early

  • Krisjanis

    Rest In Peace Lorenzen Wright. Thoughts and Prayers are with You and Your Family.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    1996 L.A. Clippers- Lorenzen Wright (RIP).. Kevin Duckworth (RIP).. Malik Sealy (RIP).. Brian Williams/Bison Dele (RIP).. Rodney Rogers (quadriplegic).. Sorry if my facts arent straight, this was someones comment on facebook about Wright… Hope everyone keeps their Clippers jokes to themselves, and mourns these men’s souls..

  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    Rest in Peace Big Man.

  • Ali


  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    rest in peace lorenzen.

  • Victor Scott

    im his sons bestfriend..Big Ren was always a man of love & care he did so much for his family he will be missed..RIP i love you Big Ren

  • joesmth783

    great man but clearly had a lot going on in his life r.i.p

  • james


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  • Vikturus

    Rest in Peace

  • Ngoie

    RIP big man

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    Rest In Peace.

    Carmelo Anthony summed it up on Twitter:

    carmeloanthony: Sending out prayers to Lorenzen Wright family. He will be missed around the NBA. Hope this open people eyes. Nothing in life is guaranteed.

  • Hussman25

    Damn was the first thing I said when I heard the news yesterday. Well said Lang… R.I.P

  • http://donnellsuggs1gmail.com Donnell Suggs-Atlanta Voice reporter

    Rest In Peace Bro!

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  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Shot 12 times?!? WTF! I hope catch the coward who did this. RIP Mr. Wright…

  • Hussman25

    I really hope that no one from his “posse” is affiliated or associated w/ this crime. Just me being a conspiracy theorist. Mr. Wright was going thru some financial issues.. Pending divorce, 2 homes going up for sale (or forclosure), Pending Child and alimony payments, etc… Seeing the end of the money train Mr. Wright provided could have been the last straw. (Was reading SI’s Jon Wertheim’s story on his posse yesterday a few hours b4 the news of his death broke)… Even if this is the case… there’s no way he deserved to be shot 12 times (or shot @ all for that matter). This is sad all the way around :O(

  • Joey

    i watched a lot of Memphis tiger highlights back in the day when he, Michael Wilson and company were dunking on everybody! and doing it successfully for the two years he played there, and although his NBA career wasn’t as fruitful on the court, he seemed like a guy who had no issues with anyone off of it….doesnt matter the reason he was gunned down, nor how many tmes he was shot, what matters is that a human being lost their life, and it should have been when his time came, not by anyone taking it from him…you won’t be forgotten man! RIP!

  • Big Marv

    R.i.p. you never knows what can be going on in someone’s life. My thoughts go out to his family and 6 kids.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    12 self inflicted gunshot wounds?!! Is that PD f*cking kidding? Poor guy.

  • str8 from samoa

    good people? this dude was probly bad outside da nba life haha. R.I.P.

  • PlanetAsia14

    Damn… Rest In Peace Lorenzen, we won’t forget you.

  • http://Slam Drichwestwood

    Damn IT seems like yesterday seeing you ride down wannata street getting out of your Benz and talking like a (regular) to me and egg.not once but every time we yell a you .you will be miss truly westwood tenn! RIP 1975-2010

  • Chou

    Damn shame. RIP Mr. Wright.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    RIP.. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • Krazed

    RIP Mr. Lorenzen Wright, God Bless your soul and prayers to your family….May your perpetrators be caught and brought forth to justice

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    There is no happy endings in real life…
    R.I.P. Lorenzen Wright

  • j4zzm4n

    r.i.p may god be with your soul and your loved ones

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    R.I.P. man, no way was this a suicide, some very cold individuals did this I’m afraid. Hope they get caught and get put away for a very long time, nobody deserves to go out like that…

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