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The sad passing of Lorenzen Wright

Lorenzen Wright
Lorenzen Wright

It's been a crazy summer, so your Clipper Examiner isn't going to thrust any bricks in your behind.   It's already August?  When I first read that former LAC player Lorenzen Wright was missing, I didn't have time to go over some of his achievements but crossed my fingers and silently hoped for the best.  After all, last week I got married and I was in a fantastic mood.  Like everything else last week I put my positive spin on it and left it at that until I heard the news that his body was found in Memphis.  I'll tell you why my intial reaction was anger at the media coverage. 

  • First there were some reports that suggested this could be a possible suicide. 
  • Then there were the reports that would have you believe that there were no signs of foul play. 
  • Now, after the fact, this bad case of non-fiction is now considered to be a homicide. 

Ren was last seen alive on July 19th in Collierville, TN.

Wright was a popular player for the Clippers, and appeared in 194 games after being drafted in the first round (7th overall) in 1996.  He played with LA from 1996 to 1998.  He averaged 8 points and 8 rebounds during his time with the Clippers, and his career saw many improvements during his 13 seasons in the NBA.  This was highlighted by his three consecutive trips to the playoffs as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.  Of course when a tragedy like this strikes, the numbers from his career are meaningless.  RIP.

The story has already been covered by a multitude of Examiners:

Christian Worldview Examiner

Cleveland Cavalier Examiner

NBA Examiner

Link to photo tribute

**UPDATE -  It was also reported that thousands of people gathered in the blocked-off area where the body was recovered and it was revealed that Lorenzen Wright was the victim of several gunshot wounds.


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