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NBL 1994 Fame Anthony Mason Died, Twitter Abuzz with RIP Messages

Anthony Mason, 48, NBA player who pushed the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, died early this morning after suffering heart attack early this month and diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

Mason suffered a massive heart attack in early February 2015 and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

“Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us,” said his son with the same name.

Anthony Mason played in 13 seasons in the NBA and was instrumental in 1993-94 fame that came to Knicks team after reaching the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games. His second son Antoine, who plays at Auburn, had revealed earlier this month that his father was “getting better” after heart surgeries.

Mason played for six teams including a 5-year tenure with the Knicks and the 6-foot-7″ forward was known for his hair-cut with messages.

Mason began playing in his high school at Springfield Gardens in Queens and in college at Tennessee State University, before joining the 1988 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Later, he played in Turkey and Venezuela before joining the then-New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets for short tenures. He played in the USBL and CBA too.

Mason later joined the Knicks in 1991 to play for their summer team and remained with it for five years. He won the NBA’s Sixth Man award in 1995 with a Knicks team that was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs in one of its classic clashes with the Indiana Pacers.

Mason played for New York from 1991-1996, and then for the Charlotte Hornets until 2000 and made his only All-Star team in 2001 as a member of the Miami Heat.

Here are some Twitter messages condoling the death of the NBL star:


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