As many of you have heard by now, former NBA big man Lorenzen Wright has been found dead. Wright went missing early last week, last seen leaving his ex-wife’s home after visiting her and his children.
Early reports say Wright was killed by a self inflicted gunshot wound, though, it makes little sense for anybody to speculate on what happened to the former King.
While Wright’s time in purple and black was short (5 games with 13 total minutes played), his charm and personality were anything but. Wright was one of the class acts in the NBA, a hard working, strong willed, gentle giant if you will.
Here is a short but worth while interview with Wright, conducted by Andrew Nicholson during Wright’s time in Sacramento:
What stood out to you about the Kings during your short time in Sacramento?
“I’ve only been here for a short amount of time, but I’ve seen the team really improve a lot. We really worked hard and came out playing together every night. The team’s gotten a lot better and I’m sure next year will be a whole lot better.”What is your goal for next season?
“My goal is just to win. I want to be winning on the court and helping somebody win.”
How are you able to maintain such a positive attitude?
“I try to be a professional. I want the young guys to see me acting right. You can always say that you want to be out there on the floor and playing, but when you’re not in the team’s rotation, there’s nothing you can do about it. You just have to keep a positive attitude about it until it’s your turn.”
Which teammate’s play surprised you most?
“I didn’t know Kevin could score as easily as he does. He can get to 20 points so quickly and easily. Mikki Moore comes out and works hard every night. I respect the way he plays a lot more since I’ve been able to be here and see him play. There’s a lot of good talent on this team and I’ve enjoyed my time here.”