Hudson considers season-ending surgery
After a visit the day before with the North Carolina doctor who conducted the original operation on his ankle in April 2004, Hudson received the surgery recommendation and told the team that's what he was leaning toward. The other options are to simply play with the pain or to receive regular cortisone shots.
"It's Troy's decision," said coach Dwane Casey, whose team is lacking in the 3-point shooting department with the departure of Wally Szczerbiak. That's the area where Hudson helps the most.
After the ankle injury limited him to 29 games in 2003-04 and kept him out of the playoffs, Hudson wasn't at full strength last season and his production suffered -- after signing a six-year contract that's worth up to $37 million.
He was off to a solid start as a sixth man this season, averaging 12.4 points per game until straining his calf in early December. Hudson returned then after a four-game absence, but the ankle has flared up recently. And he'd rather have another operation now than have the injury continue to linger.
"It's very disappointing," said Hudson, who is making more than $5 million this season. "It seems like every time I go in and think it's one thing, it's another."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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