NBA player Anthony Mason died at the age of 48. His death has been confirmed by Jonathan Supranowitz, the spokesman for the New York Knicks although the New York Daily News reported it on Saturday. Early in February, Mason had a heart attack.
His family has issued a press statement thanking everybody “for their heartfelt thoughts and strong prayers.” The statement says: “Anthony felt each and every one. He fought like a warrior to the very end. Please keep your prayers and thoughts with us through this very hard time—it is a great loss for us. We ask for our privacy during this time.”
Along with Charles Oakley, Mason was a tough player. He was not only the winner of the Sixth Man Award, but also the member of an All-Star team. Mason has averaged 8.3 rebounds and 10.9 points in the course of his career. He played with New York between the years 1991 and 1996 and with the Hornets till 2000.
Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, says that he “exemplified perseverance for all players fighting for their chance in the NBA,” whose players and fans “admired his tenacity on defense and playmaking on offense.”
He was overseas for a short time before playing around 21 games for the Nets of New Jersey and the Nuggets of Denver before joining Riley’s team in 1991. He proved to be a formidable force, helping them reach the NBA finals of 1994 and playing against tough teams of the Eastern Conference, such as the Bulls.