Grant Park has long been a home to some of the best basketball in the city of Atlanta. In the 1970s and 1980s, Atlanta became a top destination for pros looking for offseason action, and the Grant Park asphalt was one of the hottest courts in the city. Hawks players like Lou Hudson, John Drew, Dominique Wilkins, Kevin Willis and Moses Malone kept their skills sharp running pickup games against amateurs and local icons.
Lou Hudson Rumors
Six-time All-Star Lou Hudson has died at 69. The Atlanta Hawks say he died Friday in Atlanta. He was hospitalized and listed in grave condition last month after a stroke. Hudson starred for the franchise in St. Louis and Atlanta. He averaged 20.2 points in 13 NBA seasons, including 11 with the Hawks. He finished his career with the Lakers.
Hawks great Lou Hudson has been hospitalized in Atlanta after suffering a stroke. The condition of the former NBA star was described as grave. The 69-year-old Hudson also suffered a stroke in February of 2005. Hawks Vice President of Communications Garin Narain confirmed that Hudson suffered a stroke. The organization had no further comment.
Hudson is one of three Hawks to have his number retired. His No. 23 is joined by Bob Pettit’s No. 9 and Dominique Wilkins’ No. 21. “This has bothered me all day,” Wilkins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday. “I am very close to Lou. He is a special guy in the landscape of Atlanta.”