15 years after his first go-around with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, now 36-year old guard Troy Hudson finds himself right back where he started. Albeit, a little more seasoned now, than he was back in 1997.
"I make sure to take care of myself these days," Hudson said. "Whether it's stretching or getting ice after games, I keep myself in a position to stay on the court."
After four years away from the game, Hudson is hoping to pen one more chapter in a career that has spanned 11-years in the NBA. During which he suited up for the Jazz, Clippers, Magic, Warriors and Timberwolves. His best year coming in 2002, when he averaged 14 points, for a 51-win Minnesota tea
"It's been an amazing ride, I've been a lot of places and met a lot of great people," Hudson said. "I'm blessed to have been in situations where people believed in me."
Not a bad run for the former "undrafted" college guard, who also dabbled in the rap game, with a 2007 album named after his underog role.
"I am hoping for another chance, Hudson said. "Right now, I'm just trying to stay hungry and continue to get better."
And while many doubt what the 6-1 guard has left in the tank, so far, he's proving that the gas light is far from going on. This season, he is avergaing 15 points in 30 minutes for the 6-2 Skyforce.
"He still has a great jumper, has a great mind for the game and is someone I look to for leadership on this team," coach Joel Abelson said.
It's that kind of invaluable knowledge that has made him a vocal leader on one of the youngest teams in the NBADL.
"I have taken what I have learned and used it to teach the younger players about staying in shape, eating right and playing hard every night," Hudson said.
"To have a player like that is key," Abelson said. "With someone who has been there, it makes coaching half the battle."
The other half is staying healthy, and so far, No. 7 has played in all eight games this season.
In Sioux Falls Dylan Scott KSFY Sports.