Hawks legend ‘Sweet Lou Hudson’ elected to Basketball Hall of Fame – WSB-TV Channel 2
NEW ORLEANS — If you’ve attended a Hawks game in the past two decades and wondered who belonged to the number 23 jersey hanging from the rafters of the arena, wonder no more.
Six-time NBA All-Star and Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Lou Hudson has finally entered the Basketball Hall of Fame. Although he died in 2014 at the age of 69, Hudson was posthumously voted into the room as one of 13 selected for the Class of 2022 on Saturday.
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Hudson wore number 23 for the Hawks for 11 seasons. The first two were when the team was still located in St. Louis during the 1966 and 1967 seasons. The rest were spent at the old Omni, as part of NBA team Atlanta.
In 1977, Hudson was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers where he played for two seasons before retiring in 1977.
Hudson’s jersey number is one of six that have been retired by the Hawks since moving to Atlanta. They understand:
Dikembe Mutombo’s #55, Pete Maravich’s #44, Hudson’s #23, Dominque Wilkins’ #21 and Bob Pettit’s #9 (Pettit played for the St. Louis Hawks). The team also lists No. 59 as retired in honor of former mayor Kasim Reed.
Hudson will be honored in September along with the rest of his class. This list includes: former NBA All-Star Manu Ginobili, five-time All-Star Tim Hardaway, two-time NCAA National Coach of the Year Bob Huggins, former NBA coach George Karl and referee of longtime Hugh Evans. The women are represented by three-time WNBA champion Lindsay Whalen, four-time All-Star Swin Cash and former Coach of the Year Marianne Stanley.
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Dedication festivities will take place September 9-10, 2022 at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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