OAKLAND -- Warriors guard Troy Hudson told the Contra Costa Times 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 are 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. He sought a second opinion from a specialist in the New York area last week, and that meeting, confirming the initial findings of Warriors team doctors, was enough to convince him surgery was necessary.

"When two professionals tell you the same thing, that's it," said Hudson, who had been planning to see a third doctor in Colorado this week.

Hudson took some comfort from the fact that Sam Cassell had the same procedure done successfully in 2004, when they were teammates on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Brothers Joe and Josh Shipp, stars at Cal and UCLA, respectively, have also had the procedure done -- twice in Josh Shipp's case.

"I'm more hopeful because the type of procedure I'm getting, I've seen guys who've had it," Hudson said.


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"Sam Cassell was back the next season healthy, and Josh Shipp and other guys were back healthy three or four months later."

Hudson sat out 11 games in November before attempting to play through the pain. He used steaming heating pads to try to loosen up the joint before games but to no avail. He's totaled 94 minutes in nine games with the Warriors, averaging 3.1 points, 1.0 assists and 0.8 rebounds.

In one respect, the surgery was good news for Hudson. One of the other procedures that doctors discussed with him involved a recovery time of 12 to 18 months, something that would put his NBA career in jeopardy. With the shorter recovery time of the arthroscopic procedure, Hudson should be ready to go next season.

"When you first start thinking about your hip, you start thinking about replacement and all that stuff, but it's nothing like that, so I'm more hopeful," Hudson said. "I thought it was more cartilage and bone spur damage. So 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 Baron Davis. With 15 players on the roster, the Warriors would have to create room for 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.

Golden State also could also make a trade or let rising third-year guard Monta Ellis absorb the minutes Hudson would have gotten.

Contact Geoff Lepper at glepper@bayareanewsgroup.com