Hawks Statements on Death of Lorenzen Wright


Former Hawks head coach Lenny Wilkens (coached Wright from 1999-2001):

"It is a tragic loss for his family and they are in my prayers right now. Lorenzen was a real congenial young man who played with a lot of enthusiasm. When people were around him, he was a real delight to be around. This is certainly a huge loss for his family and friends.”

Former Hawks head coach Mike Woodson (coached Wright from 2006-08):

"It is such a tragedy and a loss to our NBA family and the Memphis community. My thoughts and prayers go out to his mom and his family, and I appreciate Lorenzen's professionalism and his contributions to my early years as a coach in Atlanta.”

Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche:

“The Atlanta Hawks family and our fans are tremendously saddened upon hearing the news of the death of Lorenzen Wright. A two-time Hawk, Lorenzen was a hard-working athlete whose fun-loving personality livened the mood of many teammates and those around him.”

"He was a friend, teammate and mentor to many of the young Hawks during his second stint with the team, and his contributions will never be forgotten. Not only was he active on the court, but Lorenzen was a frequent contributor to many of our off-the-court initiatives.”

“To his mother Deborah, Sherra and their six kids, you are in our prayers during the difficult time. We will miss you #42."

Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund:

"On behalf of the organization, I’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to Lorenzen’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. While I never got the opportunity to meet Lorenzen, so many people within our organization hold him in high regard because of his work on and off the court.”

Lorenzen Wright spent three-and-a-half seasons with the Hawks (1999-2001 and 2006-2008), appearing in 226 games and averaging 6.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg (.459 FG%, .653 FT%).