Former New York Knick Anthony Mason Succumbs to Heart Disease
The New York Knicks say Anthony Mason, a rugged power forward who was a defensive force for several NBA teams in the 1990s, has died. He was 48.
Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Mason's death, which was first reported Saturday by the New York Daily News.
The 6-foot-7 Mason 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. He made his only All-Star team in 2001 as a member of the Miami Heat.
His son Anthony Mason, Jr. played three seasons with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. During the course of last season, Mason the elder made occasional visits to the Sanford Pentagon as a spectator.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.