Lester Hudson on getting waived: "It's a business"
For the previous few days at practice, Lester Hudson was the last player the leave the court, as he used some extra time to take jumpers with Wizards assistants Ryan Saunders and Wes Unseld Jr.
Hudson had been struggling all season to regain the shooting touch that earned him a roster spot. And, since he is more of a scorer than a point guard, off-target jumpers didn't work out too well for the "Baby Microwave."
He realized that his time with the Wizards was about to come to an abrupt end when he got a phone call on Monday morning asking him to come in and meet with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld and vice president of basketball administration Tommy Sheppard. So when he sat down and they told him that he was getting waived, Hudson wasn't shocked.
"I knew it was going to be something," Hudson said before leaving the arena for the last time. "The last couple of days, I had a feeling about something. I don't know if it was a good thing or a bad thing. And it was this."
Hudson has been in this position too many times in his young career, after getting waived by both Boston (the team that drafted him) and Memphis (his hometown team) last season. With the Wizards loaded at point guard, Hudson didn't get many opportunities, but he admits that he did little with the chances that he received. He scored just two points, and missed all nine of his field goal attempts, with six assists in five games.
"I always put it on myself," Hudson said. "It don't matter what, it's my fault, not coach fault, nobody else. I take the blame. I don't care, no matter the opportunities I get. I just got to show up whenever I do get the opportunity, so, it's on me."
The Wizards needed his roster spot to re-unite with Alonzo Gee, an athletic, 6-foot-6 wing player tenacious enough to play both forward positions and shooting guard. Hudson said he didn't take the decision personally. "Well, it's a business. I was in a same position like this last year, nothing new. I've just got to stick with it, stay focused."
Grunfeld and Sheppard gave Hudson some words of encouragement, telling him that he belongs in the NBA and should find his way back in due time. Placed in this position last season, Hudson had to earn his keep in the NBA Developmental League, but Hudson said he hadn't considered that option just yet. "I don't know about the D-League. I don't think it's on my mind right now. Might be D-League, but it depends," Hudson said.
Although he's disappointed that he didn't last until Thanksgiving, Hudson said he would use the time away to be with his family and friends in Memphis. "Going back home for the holidays. Just spending time with my family now. I miss them a lot. Just go down and enjoy them and see where everything falls into place next week."
| November 22, 2010; 9:38 PM ET
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