Former NBA star Anthony Mason dies at 48. (Photo: Google Images)

Anthony Mason

ESPN is reporting that veteran NBA player Anthony Mason, who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48. A Knicks spokesperson confirmed Mason’s death to ESPN. The 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month. The author writes:

“Mason was a fan favorite during his five-year tenure with the Knicks. The 6-foot-7 forward teamed with Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks to help the Knicks win the Eastern Conference in 1994 and reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games.

Mason won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 1994-95 as a member of the Knicks. He also played with the Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat following his stint with the Knicks.

“Anthony was a multifaceted individual,” his longtime agent Don Cronson told’s Ian O’Connor. “There were many aspects to his personality, and some that people weren’t aware of. In the best sense of the term he was a momma’s boy. From the day I met him he was always thinking of his mom and taking care of her. As rough and tough as he was, Anthony was also a doting father, and I saw that many times.”

Anthony Mason with teammates Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley.
Anthony Mason with teammates Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and Greg A.

Mason’s sons also issued statements.

‘”First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it,’ his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said Saturday. ‘Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us.'”

Mason played high school basketball at Springfield Gardens H.S. and college ball at Tennessee State University. He was 48.

Read more at ESPN.

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