The end of Troy Hudson’s basketball playing career came Thursday via Twitter from Sioux Falls Skyforce Owner/President Mike Heineman signals the end of a comeback and the beginning of retirement.  The announcement read:

Troy Hudson has decided to retire. Enjoyed having him around this season.

It started so promising.  The comeback of Troy Hudson began when overtures were made in 2012 to get the former NBA veteran back on the court.  A quickie contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves leading to an allocation in Sioux Falls looked to be the road back to the NBA.  A few other veterans looking to make a comeback through the NBA Development League had tried and failed.  A select few had succeeded.  Opening night against Iowa, Hudson poured in 27 points and led the Skyforce in scoring.  It was a performance that turned back the clock about a dozen years to when Hudson was lighting up the CBA on the Sioux Falls Arena floor.

One month later, Hudson could only muster playing through the first quarter against the Maine Red Claws before his feet failed him.  A muscle injury sent the former NBA vet to the sideline and save for a couple of road games last weekend, out of commission.  His playing career has ended and in basketball circles he will be missed…and remembered fondly.