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Passing of Former Miami Heat, Anthony Mason

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Former Miami Heat player Anthony Mason has passed away at the young age of 48. Earlier this month, Mason the 13-year old NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congested heart failure. Anthony Mason Jr., son of Anthony Mason said “First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it. 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.”

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He was a key member in helping the New York Knicks reach the NBA Finals in 1994. He won the 6th man of the year award this season and was a physical force that was loved by all including his coach at the time, Pat Riley. While Mason will be best remembered for his 5-year stint with the Knicks, he also played for five other teams, including the Miami Heat.

Pat Riley said: ““News like this is not only sad, but it’s tragic. Anthony Mason was a very young man with a great family and friends. To lose him so quickly during his journey, especially to those of us that knew him, hurts. We had a great season in Miami experiencing Anthony as an All-Star with the HEAT, and I also had the privilege of coaching him for four years in New York, where he helped take us to the brink of a championship. There were so many great moments that we shared that I will never forget. Our prayers and sympathies are with his family. May God bless his soul.”
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Before Saturday’s 91-93 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Miami Heat had a moment of silence for Anthony Mason. Rest in peace, Anthony Mason.