NBA veteran and New York Knicks great Anthony Mason is currently “fighting for his life” following a heart attack. Peter Vecsey broke the news on Twitter, noting that the former star was surrounded by family following several surgeries post attack.
Mason’s career spanned 13-years in the NBA, most notably alongside the fire breathing Knicks teams of the mid-nineties and the likes of Pat Riley, Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, and John Starks. From ESPN:
Mason played in the CBA and USBL in addition to his years in the NBA. The 6-foot-7 forward was perhaps best known for his five seasons with the Knicks.
Mason teamed with Charles Oakley, Patrick Ewing and John Starks to help lead the Knicks to the NBA Finals in 1994. He won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 1994-95 while playing for Pat Riley. His rugged play epitomized the nature of Riley’s Knicks teams.
Later in his career, Mason was reunited with Riley while playing for the Miami Heat. He was named to his one and only All-Star team in 2001 with the Heat and finished his career with the Milwaukee Bucks.
We can only hope for the best at this point. At least 48-year-old Mason is young enough that he could bounce back if he pulls through.