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Anthony Mason passes away at the age of 48

Former Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks forward, Anthony Mason, passed away due to heart complications. He was 48 years old.

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Anthony Mason has passed away at the far too young age of 48. Earlier this month Mason suffered a heart attack and was rushed to hospital due to a "congestive heart failure".

Mason is most famous for his time with the New York Knicks in the early to mid 90's next to Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, and John Starks. He was considered a point forward for them, and a major defensive stopper. His defense and ability to stuff the box score made him a huge part of the Knicks success, and a key component to their run to the NBA Finals in 1994.

After Mason's time with the Knicks came to an end, he built a second home with the Charlotte Hornets. Mason came in during a transition for the franchise as they tried to make up for the loss of Alonzo Mourning. Playing next to Vlade Divac, Muggsy Bogues, Glen Rice, and Dell Curry the Hornets managed 51 wins in 97 as Mason continued his point forward role. He averaged a double double in points and rebounds his first two years in Charlotte, and never once averaged less than 4 assists per game.

Rest in peace Anthony Mason.