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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