Anthony Mason, a New York Knicks fan favorite who helped the team reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died. Earlier this month the the 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He was only 48 years old.
The 6-foot-7 forward played alongside Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks and won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1994-95, the year they went to the NBA finals. Mason left the Knicks after the 1995-1996 season and went on to play in Charlotte, Miami and Milwaukee before retiring.
When news of his condition was announced Mason’s former teammate Starks Tweeted this message to his family:
NBA players and fans allover are mourning his passing:
Our condolences go out to his family and friends. RIP big man.