Report: Former Knick Anthony Mason fighting for life after congestive heart failure

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From legendary New York NBA writer Peter Vecsey:

That is all a frightening combination. An update from the New York Daily News made it sound dire:

One of Mason’s former teammates in New York, who did not want to be identified, describe his condition as grave.

Mason played 13 NBA seasons but is best remembered as a fan-favorite Knick. His intense defense, toughness, and physicality were a big part of the Pat Riley’s New York teams in the Patrick Ewing era. He could defend either forward position well (even against bigger players) and at time even was asked to defend the five. Mason was named the Sixth Man of the Year in 1995 and averaged 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds a game over the course of his career. He made the All-Star Game once, in 2001.

During his career Mason also played for the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.

Our thoughts are with him and we hope for a speedy recovery.