Former Memphis basketball player Lorenzen Wright still missing - - Jackson, MS

Former Memphis basketball player Lorenzen Wright still missing

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By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - At 6-11 and 255 pounds, Lorenzen Wright is hard to miss, but the former Memphis Tigers and Grizzlies basketball player has been missing for a week as of Sunday.

Wright's mother reported the basketball star missing to Collierville Police on Thursday after no one in his family had seen him in four days.

The last family member to see Wright was his ex-wife, Sherra Wright, at her Collierville home last Sunday.  The couple filed for divorce more than a year ago.

Sherra Wright said she was worried about her ex-husband, who is the father of their six children.  She said Lorenzen left while she was sleeping, came back and then left again.

The next afternoon, a barber at New Era Barbershop on Malco Crossing said he cut Lorenzen Wright's hair, and he was his normal, cheerful self.

Wright told his barber he was going to Atlanta for a try out.

Collierville Police Spokesperson Mark Heuberger said Wright has not surfaced anywhere.

"Our detectives have already talked to over 100 people who are close to Lorenzen Wright," Heuberger said.

Heuberger said there has been no activity on Wright's passport, but he cannot comment about his cell phone or credit cards.

"Nothing leads us to believe there is any foul play at this time," Heuberger said.

In addition to his divorce, Wright also recently faced financial troubles.  Records show the couple's 17-room home in Eads, Tennessee was foreclosed on in May last year after he and his wife defaulted on their $2.7 million loan.

The Wrights' $1.3 million home in Atlanta was foreclosed on this January.

Wright, a 13-season veteran in the NBA, most recently played for the Cleveland Cavaliers before he fractured his thumb last year.

If you know anything that could help investigators find Wright, they asked that you call them at (901) 853-3207.

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