Anthony Mason, former Knicks star, dies at age 48

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OAKLAND, CA - 1996: Anthony Mason #14 of the New York Knicks stretches during a game played circa 1996 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Brad Mangin/NBAE via Getty Images)
New York Knicks forward Anthony Mason, left, is restrained by referee Dick Barerta, center, after Mason was involved in a scuffle at the end of the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, at Madison Square Garden, Friday, June 17, 1994, New York. Knicks head coach Pat Riley tries to calm Mason down. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
HOUSTON - JUNE 19: Anthony Mason #14 of the New York Knicks grabs the rebound against Houston Rockets during Game Six of the NBA Finals played on June 19, 1994 at the The Summit in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Former NBA player Anthony Mason is in critical condition after suffering a heart attack and congestive heart failure, according to a report from retired NBA writer Peter Vecsey.
New York Knicks forward Anthony Mason dunks the ball during the fourth quarter of game five of the NBA Finals at Madison Square Garden, Friday, June 17, 1994, New York. Mason scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, to help the Knicks defeat the Rockets 91-84. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Knicks forward Anthony Mason (14) dunks the ball ahead of Houston Rockets forward Otis Thorpe (33) during the fourth quarter of game five of the NBA Finals at Madison Square Garden, Friday, June 17, 1994, New York. Mason scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to help lift the Knicks to a 91-84 victory over the Rockets. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan, center, drives by New York Knicks Anthony Mason during the first quarter of an NBA Finals game, Saturday, May 29, 1993, Chicago, Ill. (AP Photo/John Swart)
Danny Manning (5) of the Los Angeles Clippers, hits a jumper over Anthony Mason (14) of the New York Knicks and scores during first quarter action in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 20, 1992. Manning scored 27 points to lead the Clippers over the Knicks 101-91. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
4 Feb 2001: Marcus Camby #23 of the New York Knicks blocks a shot taken by Anthony Mason #14 of the Miami Heat at the end of regulation at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The shot would have won the game for the Heat as the Knicks win 103-100. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/ALLSPORT NOTE TO USER: It is expressly understood that the only rights Allsport are offering to license in this Photograph are one-time, non-exclusive editorial rights. No advertising or commercial uses of any kind may be made of Allsport photos. User acknowledges that it is aware that Allsport is an editorial sports agency and that NO RELEASES OF ANY TYPE ARE OBTAINED from the subjects contained in the photographs.
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Miami Heat forward Anthony Mason (R) looks towards the basket as he is guarded by New York Knicks forward Marcus Camby (L) during the second quarter 11 March, 2001 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 7: New York Knicks forward Anthony Mason(14) watches as Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen(R) lays in a missed shot by teammate Michael Jordan 07 May during the first quarter of game two of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the United Center in Chicago. Chicago leads the series 1-0. (Photo credit should read BRIAN BAHR/AFP/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JUNE 10: Anthony Mason #14 of the New York Knicks dunks against Vernon Maxwell #11 of the Houston Rockets during Game Two of the NBA Finals played on June 10, 1994 at the The Summit in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
New York Knicks guard John Starks, left, gives Eric Bell, from the Harlem section of New York, a chance to go one-on-one before the New York State Midnight Basketball League's City Championship game, Sept. 22, 1994, in New York. Starks, along with Knicks teammate Anthony Mason, showed up to lend support to the anti-crime/pro-youth program. The state championship game is slated for later in the month. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Knicks Anthony Mason, left, sticks his tongue out at Chicago Bulls Will Perdue, right, as Bulls Horace Grant (54) acts as peacemaker during the fourth quarter of a 100-86 Knicks win at Madison Square Garden, Thursday, May 15, 1992, New York. Mason and Perdue got into a shoving match after Mason flagrantly fouled Perdue. The Knicks win forced a seventh game in the Eastern Conference semifinals. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks receives the Sixth Man of the Year Award and stands with past winners and former Knicks players Anthony Mason and John Starks and Luke Kim, District Sales Manager, Kia ; before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 12: New York Knicks Anthony Mason during game against Chicago Bulls. (Photo by Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
26 Jan 1995: Forward Anthony Mason of the New York Knicks looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The Knicks won the game, 87-74. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport
11 Mar 1995: Forward Anthony Mason of the New York Knicks goes up for two during a game against the Seattle Supersonics at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The Supersonics won the game, 96-84. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
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Former New York Knicks star Anthony Mason has passed away on Saturday morning at just 48 years of age, the New York Daily News has sadly reported.

Earlier this month we learned of the news that Mason had suffered a severe heart attack and the prognosis at the time was not good. He was said to be in very bad condition, and all things considered, it was a miracle that he was able to hold out this long, given how bad the initial reports of his condition came across.

Mason will be remembered as one of the most notorious members of the New York Knicks in the team's history, as well as one of the most physically imposing players in the history of the game of basketball. In the mid-'90s, when the Knicks were a team to be reckoned with, Mason was the man that you did not want to see battling down low. If you did, you knew that you were in for a long night physically.

Mason played 13 total seasons in the NBA with six different teams, but again, it was his time with the Knicks that people have stuck in their head and always will. Seeing him dominate the paint inside Madison Square Garden is something that no basketball fan can ever get out of their heads. While much of the spotlight went to the Patrick Ewings and Charles Oakleys of the world, a lot of eyes were on the play of Mason as well.

The 6-7 power forward averaged 10.9 points in his career with 8.3 rebounds.

Again, Mason was just 48 years old.

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