— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 28, 2015
Retired NBA player Anthony Mason passed away Saturday (Feb. 28) at the age of 48.
Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48.
A Knicks spokesperson confirmed Mason’s death to ESPN. The 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month.
The forward played on six different NBA teams during his 13 years (1989-2003) in the league, but was most well known for his time in New York. The legendary Knick (’91-’96) was a fan favorite and helped the team make it to the 1994 NBA Finals.
Standing at 6-foot-7, Mason was mentored in New York by storied head coach Pat Riley. The two would then be reunited years later where Mason joined the Miami Heat in 2000 and was selected as an All-Star.
Anthony Mason passed away this morning. He led the NBA in minutes per game in back-to back seasons from 1995-97. pic.twitter.com/Im9sTPDnyB
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 28, 2015
The 1994-95 NBA Sixth Man Award winner was not only known for his physicality, but more the creative artwork and unique messages carved in his hair cuts.
In 2003, Mason retired with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Anthony Mason may have passed away, but the impact he had on the game of basketball – along with the memories he made in NY – will live on forever.