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Lou Hudson

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We’ve learned today from sources close to his family, that 6 time NBA All-Star Lou Hudson has suffered a stroke in Atlanta, GA and will be taken off life support in the coming days.

Louis Clyde Hudson was born July 11, 1944 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from Dudley High School right in Greensboro.

Hudson played 13 years in the NBA from 1966-1979, mostly for the Atlanta Hawks. He was drafted out of the University of  Minnesota in 1966 as the fourth overall pick by the then St. Louis Hawks. He wowed scouts when he dropped 30 points in a game his senior year in which he suffered a broken hand.

His official listing size was 6’5″ and 210 lbs. He played as a shooting guard and small forward.

In his rookie season Hudson averaged 18.4 PPG and was named to the All-NBA Rookie team. However his Sophomore season was cut short due to being called into the military. He didn’t rejoin the team until 1968, after the franchise had relocated to Atlanta.

Hudson got the nickname “Sweet Lou” for the smooth and effective jump shot he featured. In his 13 NBA seasons Hudson scored 17940 points, which is good enough for 64th on the all time scoring list. He became a premier name in the league the first season the Hawks franchise relocated to Atlanta in 1968, just three years into the league and Hudson averaged 21.9 PPG. He was the first player to register a point as an “Atlanta Hawk”.

In 1969 he received his first All-Star bid, the first of six. That same year the Hawks were also the Western Division Champions.

In 1972, along with teammate Pete Maravich, Hudson scored 2,000 points during the regular season, a feat that had been accomplished by only two other players in NBA history at the time.

Hudson shares the Atlanta Hawks franchise record with Bob Pettit, and Dominique Wilkins for the most points scored in a single game with 57.

Hudson spent 11 of his 13 years with the Hawks before being traded to the LA Lakers for Ollie Johnson in 1977. He spent two seasons with the Lakers before retiring. In his career Hudson averaged 20.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 2.7 APG. Hudson is a member of the long list of greats to never win an NBA Championship.

After retiring Hudson spent a short stint as a radio announcer for the Atlanta Hawks before relocating to Park City, Utah in 1984. There Hudson became a real estate investor, and served on the Park City city council in the 1990s. He started a recreation basketball league where he coached for 20 years. He also ran youth basketball camps, in which I was personally a pupil of for multiple years.

In February of 2005, Hudson suffered a stroke while skiing in Park City. Medical personnel on the mountain were lucky to see early signs and get him to the ER before any major damage was done. After his first stroke Lou was confined to a wheel chair with very limited mobility and permanent damage to the nervous system on his left side. He made appearances as “ambassador” of the “Power to End Stoke” organization.

Hudson is one of three players to have his number (#23) retired by the Atlanta Hawks, and that short list includes Dominique Wilkins, and Bob Pettit. Hudson also has his #14 number retired at the University of Minnesota.

His second stroke occurred in Atlanta sometime last week, after which the condition of the 69-year-old has been described as grave. According to our sources, the family will be taking him off life support.

Author: Tyler Arnold

My name is Tyler Arnold, I am the founder, a co-owner, and editor-in-chief of The Runner Sports. Sports have been my life since I was young, so here I am doing the only sensible thing, making a career of it. I love it all, and will watch any and every game I possibly can. Thanks for your readership.