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Former New York Knicks Anthony Mason departed at 48.

Former New York Knicks Anthony Mason departed at 48.

Anthony Mason, a former player with the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks has died. Mason was 48 years old. Mason, a 2001 All-Star with the Miami Heat, played for six NBA teams over 13 seasons including five years with the New York Knicks. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month. All the player of NBA and the Coaches remember the great man Anthony Mason. He was a great player and a great defense guard for New York Knicks.

A fan favorite, he was a key player in the 1993-1994 Eastern Conference Champion team. Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reaches the 1994 NBA Finals. He was a solid, muscular presence down low, on the court to play defense.

In a statement Mason won a Sixth Man Award and made an All-Star team, but it was the toughness he provided alongside Charles Oakley while surrounding franchise centre Patrick Ewing that made him beloved in New York.

Mason wasn t ever a Knicks franchise player that title belonged to center Patrick Ewing during the 1990s.

In his significant career Mason spent five years with the New York Knicks and helped lead them to the NBA finals in 1994. In his next season with the Knicks he received the NBA s sixth man award.

In an official side where Mason's other son, Antoine, is a senior basketball player at Auburn, which played at Texas A&M on Saturday. The Aggies held a moment of silence for the elder Mason.

With the Hornets, Mason played three strong seasons in four years, missing 1998-99 due to injury, before Riley brought him to Miami where he was coaching a Heat team that played with the same style as those Knicks teams with which Mason flourished.

In his NBA vocation Along with Bruce Bowen, Brian Grant, Eddie Jones, Tim Hardaway, A.C. Green, Anthony Carter and others, Mason helped the Heat win 50 games in the 2000-01 seasons and earn the No.3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Mason led the Heat in minutes that season (3,254) and rebounds (770).

In other away from basketball, Mason appeared in television shows and movies, sometimes playing himself. He also appeared in several music videos, including the Beastie Boys' Root Down.

Former New York Knicks Anthony Mason departed at 48.

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