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Spokesman: Hudson 'alert and responsive'

2/13/2005 - Atlanta Hawks

ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta Hawks star Lou Hudson was in stable condition Sunday, a day after having a stroke.

The 60-year-old Hudson was able to communicate with family and friends at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said.

"He's alert and responsive," Triche said. "He's doing better, but it will be a couple of more days before they find out more details" about the severity of the stroke.

Hudson was stricken Saturday. He lives in Park City, Utah.

Triche, who talked with Hudson's daughter, said the former NBA star was breathing with the help of a ventilator but was "writing things down to communicate."

"He's responsive to conversations," Triche said. "He's joking around with family and friends."

Hudson is one of only three Atlanta Hawks players to have their numbers retired. His No. 23 hangs from the rafters at Philips Arena, along with the numbers for Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins.

A six-time NBA All-Star, Hudson was a first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Hawks in 1966. After serving in the military, he returned to the Hawks for the 1968-69 season, the team's first in Atlanta.

Known as "Sweet Lou," Hudson spent 11 of his 13 NBA seasons with the Hawks. The former University of Minnesota player averaged 20.2 points.