OAKLAND — Warriors reserve point guard Troy Hudson told BANG-East Bay on Friday that his injured left hip requires arthroscopic surgery, a move that threatens to bring his first season with Golden State to a premature end.

Hudson said he will undergo surgery shortly after Jan.1 to repair a small tear in the labrum of his left hip. The exact date and choice of surgeon have yet to be finalized because some offices have been closed for the holiday season.

The typical recovery time for such a procedure is three to four months, Hudson said, which would put him on the shelf at least until the first week of April, when only two weeks remain in the NBA's regular season.

Hudson first showed signs of the injury in early November and has not played since Dec. 12, totaling 94 minutes in nine games with averages of 3.1 points, 1.0 assists and 0.8 rebounds per game. The 31-year-old sought a second opinion from a specialist in the New York area last week, and that meeting — which confirmed the initial findings of Warriors team doctors — was enough to convince him surgery is necessary.

Hudson is pleased with the decision in a couple of respects. For one thing, doctors had discussed a more invasive surgery that involved a recovery time of 12 to 18 months; with the shorter recovery time of the arthroscopic procedure, Hudson should be ready to go next season. Secondly, Hudson has seen several successful cases of players undergoing the same surgery, including former teammate in Minnesota Sam Cassell.


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"When you first start thinking about your hip, you start thinking about replacement and all that stuff, but it's nothing like that," Hudson said. "Hopefully when they go inside it'll still be the same as what's showing on the MRI, because sometimes when they go inside they can find different things."

The Warriors signed Hudson on Sept. 24 to a one-year deal worth the league minimum of $1.2 million as a backup to Davis. With 15 players on the roster, the Warriors would have to create some room if they wanted to add another point guard.

One possibility is to waive center DJ Mbenga, whose contract won't be guaranteed until Jan. 10. Another is to cut loose Hudson himself. Golden State also could make a trade, or simply be content to let rising third-year guard Monta Ellis absorb the minutes Hudson would have gotten.

"Well, I've got a group of veterans (on the bench) who are going to have to step up and play, and it doesn't make it easier to have our backup point guard out for the year," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "So we're going to have to find that guy somewhere in the locker room."

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