July 27th, 2010
05:28 PM ET

Ex-NBA player missing


Police investigating the disappearance of a former professional basketball player said “there is a high level of concern” in the search to find him.

Lorenzen Wright, 34, who played 13 seasons in the NBA, has not been seen or heard from since last week when he visited his ex-wife and their children in Collierville, Tennessee, investigators said.

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Collierville Police spokesman Mark Heuberger told CNN Wright’s mother reported him missing on July 22. “We’re taking it very, very seriously,” Heuberger said, “and there is a high level of concern.”

“His mom made the report because she felt it was unusual that he did not contact his children for an extended period of time, that’s what made her prompt to contact the police,” he added.

Heuberger cautioned that there is no indication he was the victim of a crime. “A red flag has not come up yet,” he said, “at least of today that suggests any harm has come to him.”

“Our detectives have talked to a lot of people, former coaches, players, sports agents, and continue to follow leads given by the public,” Heuberger said, “and we’re working very close to the family and you know at this time, there has not been any information or evidence that would suggest any harm.”

The 6’11” Wright was a forward/center for several teams during his professional basketball career. He played with the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings. He was with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008-2009, his last year in the NBA.

Wright, who has six children, completed his degree at the University of Memphis in 2003, according to the official NBA web site.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the police at 901-853-3207.

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