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Ex-NBA Player Lorenzen Wright Found Dead

Gunshots heard on 911 call before he vanished
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by dmhare
Posted Jul 29, 2010 2:07 AM CDT
Lorenzen Wright, then of the Memphis Grizzlies, shoots a free throw during Game 1of the 2004 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Antonio Spurs.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Police have confirmed that a body found in a wooded area in south Memphis is that of missing former NBA star Lorenzen Wright. He hadn't been seen since July 19, when a 911 call was made from his phone in which at least 10 gunshots could be heard. Wright, 34, was known to carry a wad of cash around, but police haven't said whether robbery is being considered as a motive, the Commercial Appeal reports.

Wright, a father of six, played for five teams in his 13-year NBA career, including his hometown Grizzlies and most recently the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had been due to fly to Israel this month to try out for a team there. He often used the area where his body was found as a shortcut to his mother's house, according to his personal assistant. "He was a good person," she said. "He did not deserve to die this way. God is not pleased with this." (Read more Lorenzen Wright stories.)

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