Hudson to see specialists before making decision on future

MINNEAPOLIS -- Golden State Warriors guard Troy Hudson has
visits scheduled with two medical specialists regarding a hip
injury that could end his career.

In Minnesota for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves,
Warriors coach Don Nelson was bluntly pessimistic about the
prognosis for the 31-year-old Hudson.

"I think Troy is probably done," Nelson said. "I don't think
he'll play again."

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Hudson and his doctor have discussed undergoing surgery that would remove spurs from the left joint. The procedure would require 18 months of rehab.

Hudson, who played five seasons with Minnesota before signing
with Golden State in August, said he was anxious about the doctor
appointments and bracing for the possibility of not being able to
play again.

"It's going through my mind, because hips are serious things,"
Hudson said. "You do a lot of side-to-side movement in this

Hudson was more optimistic than his coach, though.

"Hopefully it's something where a few weeks of rest will be all
I need," he said.

Hudson has appeared in only nine of Golden State's 25 games this
season. He last appeared on Dec. 12 while scoring a season-high 10
points against Portland. The injury is a new one that began
bothering him during training camp.

"It's tough, because you finally get in a situation that you
want to be in, and you can't play," said Hudson, who had the
remaining two years on his contract bought out by the Wolves for
more than $12 million.

Three of his five seasons in Minnesota were marred by ankle
injuries. The 3-point specialist has a career average of nine
points per game. Hudson was at his best in 2002-03, when he
averaged 14.2 points and 5.7 assists per game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.