Anthony Mason, forward for the Knicks in New York, is dead. Sources confirm that Mason died early Saturday morning. Earlier in the month, Mason had a massive coronary.
Mason was drafted in 1988 by the Trailblazers in the third round and never saw any playing time with the team. He went overseas and played basketball in both the USBL and CBA. He had short periods with Denver, the Nets, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Miami and New York. He is most remembered for his playing time with the Knicks. He played under coach Riley and teammates Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley, and after the 1994-1995 season he was named the Sixth Man of the Year. The next year, he led the league in minutes played.
Mason is also remembered for his flair on the court with his signature haircuts, the words Knicks or Mase shaved on the sides. As the second oldest player in history of the NBA, he was named to the All-Star team in 2001, according to a New York Times account.
By Michele Enli
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