Former New York Knicks power forward Anthony Mason, who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, died Saturday. He was 48.
He had been battling severe heart issues, according to a statement by his son, Anthony Mason Jr., to 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 also won all-defensive-team honors two years later with the Charlotte Hornets.
Knicks President Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls teams against the '90s Knicks, said that "as a...