Lorenzen Wright memorial Wednesday in Memphis

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Thumbnail image for lwright2.jpgIt can sometimes get overlooked in the focus on the whodunit angle of the crime — a good man was killed in Memphis.

Lorenzen Wright will not be forgotten today as thousands are expected to come to the FedExForum for a memorial service for him.

Wright was found murdered in a wooded area near Memphis on July 28, nearly a week after he had been reported missing. He leaves behind six children.

Wright was a Memphis native who attended Booker T. Washington High School in the city and went on to play for the University of Memphis. During his 13-year professional career, five of his prime years were spent playing for the Grizzlies in his hometown. Those were the first five years the Grizzlies were in the town, having just moved from Vancouver.

Speakers at the service will include Wright’s high school coach and Michael Heisley, the owner of the Grizzlies.

The service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. in Memphis (Central time). WREG in Memphis will have a live stream of the memorial on their Web site.

A memorial fund has been set up in Wright’s honor where tax-deductible donations can be made.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.