According to reports, Anthony Mason, a 13-year NBA veteran has died. The 48-year-old, 6-foot-7 forward was diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month. The baller is best known for helping the Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals and teamed with star players including Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks.
ESPN further reports that one of Mason’s sons told reporters earlier this week that his father was “getting better” following multiple heart surgeries.
Mason, who was honored with the league’s Sixth Man Award in the 1994-95 season, has also played with the Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat following his stint with the Knicks. In 1997, he earned third-team All-NBA and second-team NBA All-Defensive Team, and in 2001 was selected for the NBA All-Star Game.
Many sports fans, friends and family have taken to the Web to express condolences and remember his legacy:
Anthony Mason & Beastie Boys pic.twitter.com/zDezshTmsZ
— UPNORTHTRIP$ (@evboogie) February 28, 2015
— Isaac Carree (@isaaccarree) February 28, 2015
Wow, I can't believe this. So many great memories. A great Knick legend. Anthony Mason dies at 48 http://t.co/vNtCgxDOTD
— Paul Carrick Brunson (@PaulCBrunson) February 28, 2015
— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) February 28, 2015
— Shawn Dove (@DoveSoars) February 28, 2015
— Jeffrey Putman (@DrJeffreyP) February 28, 2015
— Jared Cotter (@JaredCotter) February 28, 2015
— Consequence (@ItsTheCons) February 28, 2015
— Anthony Mason (@AnthonyMasonCBS) February 28, 2015