Longtime player for the New York Knicks, Anthony Mason, has died at the age of 48 after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure weeks ago.
Mason, who played a key role in helping the Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, was a 13-year NBA veteran and had been reportedly fighting for his life following the diagnosis. A Knicks spokesperson confirmed the news to ESPN.
Despite his seemingly deteriorating state following the diagnosis, the 6-foot-7 forward’s sons said earlier this week that their father was “getting better” following multiple heart procedures.
During his five-year term with the Knicks, the NBA vet joined Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks in leading the Knicks to victory during the Eastern Conference in 1994. They eventually reached the NBA Finals where they lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games.
Mason played 13 seasons in the league and was named Sixth Man of the Year in 1995 while playing for the New York Knicks. The basketball icon made one All-Star team during his career while playing for the Miami Heat in 2001 and also became widely known for sporting unique haircuts with intricate designs. He will be remembered for his bruising style and technique on the court that often took his team to victory.
Our condolences to Mason's fans, friends and family.
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