CELEBTATING THE LIFE OF OUR CLASSMATE <br />LORENZEN WRIGHT<br />
ONCE A WARRIOR , <br />ALWAYS A WARRIOR<br />1975-2010<br />
BIO<br /><ul><li>Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright (November 4, 1975 – July 19, 2010) raised near Oxford, Mississippi, Wright played all levels of basketball in Memphis – high school, collegiate and professional. Wright was selected a Third Team All-America by the Associated Press as a sophomore at the University of Memphis.
After being selected seventh overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 196 NBA Draft out of the University of Memphis, Wright moved on to the Atlanta Hawks in 1999. He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, but returned to the Hawks in 2006.
On February 16, 2008, he was involved in a multi-player trade, going from Atlanta to Sacramento for Mike Bibby. He held career averages of 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, playing in 778 (793 including playoffs) NBA games over 13 seasons.</li></li></ul><li>Things I betcha didn’t know Ren Wright<br /><ul><li>Lorenzen leaves six children: Lorenzen Jr., Loren, twins Lamar and Shamar, Lawson and Sofia.
Established the Sierra Simone Wright Scholarship Fund following her tragic death of his infant daughter in March 2003.
He has in the past hosted a free week-long summer camp for Memphis youth, served as a member of the All-Star Reading Team for three years in Memphis,
Provided tickets to the youth of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Memphis through the Tickets for Kids program
Names the “Color Purple” and “Gone with the Wind” as his favorite books
Re-enrolled at the University of Memphis in the summer of 2003 to complete his degree </li></li></ul><li>Things I betcha didn’t know about Ren Wright (con’t)<br /><ul><li>Would like to have pursued a coaching career upon retiring for basketball.
While at the University of Memphis, he was nicknamed “The Howl” because of his tendency to yell after an exciting play.
His father, Herb Wright, played professional basketball in Finland.
During his previous stint in Atlanta, Wright and three other Memphis native NBA players (Todd Day, Penny Hardaway, and Elliot Perry) provided financial assistance to Travis Butler, a Memphis orphan whose tragic story garnered national attention.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>LORENZEN </li></ul>Photo Memories<br />