Anthony Mason Dies

Anthony Mason, Former New York Knicks Baller, Dies

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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:

RIP Anthony Mason! What a great power forward back in the day! WOW! #Sad

— 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

— Paul Carrick Brunson (@PaulCBrunson) February 28, 2015

R.I.P. Anthony Mason. The former Knicks forward has died at the age of 48:

— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) February 28, 2015

Wow! Just heard former @nyknicks #AnthonyMason passed away at 48 from congestive heart failure. Played against him at West 4th St. early 90s

— Shawn Dove (@DoveSoars) February 28, 2015

Sad to hear of passing of former @NYKnicks Anthony Mason. Remember always running into Starks, Ewing & him in Phys Ed Bldg at @SUNY_Purchase

— Jeffrey Putman (@DrJeffreyP) February 28, 2015

RIP #AnthonyMason. One of the greatest @nyknicks ever not because of numbers or commercials but…

— Jared Cotter (@JaredCotter) February 28, 2015

RIP NY Knicks Forward Anthony "Mase" Mason #QueensAllDay

— Consequence (@ItsTheCons) February 28, 2015