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Anthony Mason's Death

Anthony Mason

The life and death of Anthony Mason:

He played for half a dozen teams in the National Basketball Association, including the Denver Nuggets and…

Anthony Mason playing for different NBA teams

But he's best remembered as a member of the New York Knicks…

Anthony Mason playing for the Knicks

…earning the league's Sixth Man Award in 1995.

Born Anthony George Douglas Mason grew up in the New York City area and went to high school in Queens, starring on the basketball team at Springfield Gardens High School. From there he went to Tennessee State University and was drafted by Portland in the 1988 NBA draft.

His 1991 trade to the Knicks – coached by Pat Riley…

Anthony Mason with Pat Riley

…helped Mason blossom….

Anthony Mason basketball card

The 6' 7" forward was a fan favorite on and off the court, especially liked for his habit of having words shaved into his hair.

Long retired from playing, at the age of 48, Mason suffered a massive heart attack and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

Anthony Mason death reported by the ny daily news

Despite multiple surgeries in a futile event to save his life, he died a few days later in Manhattan. Services were held for Anthony on March 5th and 6th in his native Queens, New York.