[Lester Hudson's first game back with the Wizards - photo: Adam McGinnis, Truth About It.net]
On December 16, Memphis native Lester Hudson Tweeted:
IM OFF TWITTER UNTIL TUESDAY GOT A BIG ANNOUCEMENT TTY THEN 66 FOLLOWERS FROM 4K RT!!!! I LOVE THIS GAME I EVEN BOUGHT A WEDDN RING RT
The first assumption was ‘Hey, he’s going back to the NBA … good for him.”
On December 18, Gilbert Arenas was officially traded.
On December 20, the Wizards announced that they would be bringing Hudson back with the newfound dearth at the point guard spot. Later that day, Hudson Tweeted:
My annoucement came a day earlier….. FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK IN DC… Headed to Game Gym to get my mind right ready for whatever!
Did Hudson know about the Arenas trade, which would spawn his imminent return to D.C., two days before it really went down? When I asked Hudson about it after Monday’s game versus the Bobcats, he sheepishly said it was something else. “But it worked out right as planned,” he said with coy smile on his face, hesitant to reveal what he really had to reveal … so I didn’t push him on it.
Hudson didn’t make much of an impact over the six games he spent with the Wizards earlier this season. He played for 31 total minutes, scored two points off two free-throws, missed all nine shots he attempted, and dropped six assists to three turnovers.
Short-handed against the Miami Heat last Saturday after the trade, Kirk Hinrich was forced to play almost the entire 48 minutes, his tiredness and its effect more than evident late in the game. Team president Ernie Grunfeld already stated that he’d be looking for point guard help.
In stepped Hudson, who wasn’t playing competitive ball, just working out, when he got the call on Sunday afternoon, revealing that he had to catch a flight back to the NBA within two hours.
After a scramble of excitement, an argument with his girlfriend in the midst of packing (he said they later smiled about the exchange), Hudson found himself suiting up for the Wizards against Charlotte on Monday. That night, he played the second most minutes, 17, he’s ever played in 32 career NBA games and scored eight points to go with six assists, three turnovers, three steals, a rebound and a block.
While playing for the Wizards in last July’s Las Vegas Summer League, Hudson earned the nickname “Mini-Vinnie,” a la Detroit Pistons great Vinnie Johnson, from the organization because of his ability to heat up quickly on offense off the bench. Now that Nick Young, previously Flip Saunders’ main scoring threat off the pine, is starting, and with John Wall being out for an indefinite amount of time, there will be plenty of opportunity for Hudson to plug in and start emitting electromagnetic waves.
Below is video of Hudson talking after Monday’s Bobcats game about the process of his return and what he’s looking to do this time around.