‘Lorenzen Wright found dead’ reports first sprung up yesterday. With Lorenzen Wright found dead, it brings the worst end to the Wright search. Before being found dead, the former NBA veteran had been declared missing for 10 days. The search ended in southeast Memphis, when a body was found behind an apartment building. After his family came to see it, they officially declared that Lorenzen Wright was found dead, although there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
Wright first made a name for himself as a college star in Memphis, before playing nearly 800 games for five teams in the NBA. Despite average numbers, he still made millions and was very well-liked in the basketball community. But, with Lorenzen Wright found dead, it brings a tragic and bizarre end to his life.
The retired player was last seen on July 18 in Memphis, as word was he was going to head out soon. But when he left no word for four days, his family filed a missing persons report on July 22. Six days later, police finally found his body in southeast Memphis.
Not only was Wright found dead, he was found with several gunshot wounds. According to MyEyewitnessNews in Memphis, local authorities have found a recording from Wright’s cell phone, on the night he may have been killed.
The call allegedly takes place at 1 a.m. on July 19, the day after Wright was last seen. The caller “sounded scared” and yelled out two curse words, then nothing but gunshots are heard. Why he was shot dead, and who would want to kill him, are the obvious unsolved questions from this story.
Having Lorenzen Wright found dead may be considered more of a big deal because he played basketball. He was never a big star, although he was the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Clippers. After three years, he got a substantial deal from the Hawks, but wound up spending most of his career in his home town of Memphis.
After playing five years with the Grizzles, he finished his career with the Hawks, Kings and Cavaliers before retiring in 2009. In his personal life, he had six kids, but lost a seventh at a young age, and had a father who was paralyzed by a gunshot wound.
With Wright found dead, Memphis is in mourning, since he was a star there in all levels of basketball. But tragedy is nothing new for the 1996-97 Clippers roster, as three players on that roster have died, one was paralyzed, and another fought off leukemia.
The news that Lorenzen Wright was found dead came even more out of nowhere, and still has a lot of questions attached to it. Those questions will go hand-in-hand with the grieving process in the Memphis community.
MyEyeWitnessNews- “New Details In The Lorenzen Wright Mystery”
ESPN- “Reminiscing about Lorenzen Wright”