Lester Hudsons road to the Cavaliers was hardly paved with gold. Hot coals and bare feet would be more like it.
From about the time he hit college, the odds were against Hudson in the NBA. Or at least, against Hudson having made the impact he has for the Cavs so far.
Hudson is a native of Memphis and began his college career at something called Southwest Tennessee Community College, a two-year school in his hometown. After that, it was on to Tennessee-Martin.
Never heard of Tennessee-Martin? Dont feel bad. Its a mid-major program that competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. Nothing wrong with the OVC. But its best teams typically are along the lines of Murray State, Morehead State and Austin Peay State -- whose fans fittingly root on their squad by cheering, Lets Go Peay!
Meanwhile, UT-Martin didnt introduce mens basketball until 1993. The Skyhawks have won just one regular-season conference title and have never made an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
So Hudson wasnt exactly...