Remembering Lorenzen Wright

Thursday, July 29, 2010
By Jon Newberry

Reports have surfaced confirming the death of former Hawk Lorenzen Wright at 34 years old. Wright had been missing for over a week. (Full Story at

Wright played for the Hawks for two stints, the first from 1999-2001 and more recently from 2006-08. His best season as a Hawk came in 2000-01 when he averaged 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds. However, it was Lorenzen Wright the person, rather than the player, that has left the biggest impact on those who knew him. It seemed appropriate to provide this forum for fans to express their condolences and tell their fond memories about Lorenzen.

Please feel free to contribute your comments below as we all keep Lorenzen, his family and his friends in our thoughts and prayers.

10 Responses to “Remembering Lorenzen Wright”

  1. Barbara

    So sad. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  2. Michael

    You had alot of heartyou have my respect for you and your family and team mates

  3. kevin

    I remember hearing a story about Lorenzen helping a young kid who was living with his dead mother for several weeks and eating old pizza because he was scared to end up in a foster home. Lorenzen took him under his wing and assisted him with finding a home, took him to dinner, gave him courtside tickets to a Hawks game, and allowed him to meet all the Hawks players after the game with a signed ball. Stories like this just prove that Lorenzen had a big heart. R.I.P. Lorenzen. God bless!

  4. KC

    Lorenzen Wright (LO) will be missed deeply. I remember the seasons he played for the Hawks, was such a great athlete and contributor to the squad. Not only that, he was a great personally aswell. Always upbeat. My thoughts and prayers will be with his family and friends during this tough time.


  5. atownhawk23

    This was a shocking moment for me because he left so soon. I remember when he played for the Hawks; not the first time he came the second time he came because I became a hawks fan in 2005. It seems like it was just yesterday when he pop corned Acie and Mario cars. But most of all he gave us laughs and he will be loved and missed forever.

  6. Bob

    I remember Lorenzen’s braids. They were cool. I cried when the Hawks traded him to the Kings.

  7. Jerry

    Lorenzen used to come into the bank where I worked. He always went to me for assistance. Lorenzen was very genuine and easy going. I can remeber him making my manager crack up. It’s sad to see this happen to a great guy. You will be missed Lorenzen.

  8. Khao$

    What I remember most about Lorenzen’s tenure here with the Hawks was the grit and tenacity he showed on the defensive end, whenever he was matched up with Shaq. My brother and I was talking the other day and we remember a game the Hawks had against the Lakers during Lorenzen’s first stint here. The Hawks (Jason Terry and company)snuck up and beat them. This was done, in large part, to Lorenzen staying down low and taking Shaq’s blows. He didn’t stop Shaq, but he didn’t cave into him. I’ll also remember him for his style of cloths. He made sure his look was intact. But most of all, I think about the stories I heard about him being a kind and generous player who truly had a desire to give. We’ll miss you ‘Ren.

  9. J-SmOOvE

    lorenzen u were one of the best big man that ever played in atlanta u will be missed

  10. Mr aMazinG

    This sucks- Now I don’t have any stories about LWright, but I do remember how good of a player he was when he was in A-Town in the late 90s… He was a solid player. It’s a shame to see anybody that young die (this is almost as bad as when Jason Collier died back in 2005). Ya just hate to see that happen to anybody.