Anthony Mason, New York Knicks Legend, Fighting For Life
Anthony Mason, 48, suffered a massive heart attack a few days ago and has had several surgeries in hopes to correct his ailing heart. The big man had a 13-year career that spanned six teams, most notably his five seasons with the Knicks, where he became an essential piece to Pat Reilly’s physical team. He even won the sixth man award in 1995.
Mason was reportedly in the hospital for a routine heart inspection, when he had the massive heart attack, according to Peter Vecsey. He has had four surgeries since, with the last one taking over nine hours to complete.
Sickened 2 report, ex-Knick Anthony Mason fighting 4 life. Congestive heart failure, heart attack, 4 surgeries, last one 9 hrs. Sons by side
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 11, 2015
Mason, 350 lbs, had heart issue 4 yr. Was on 2d fl of hosp taking test when attack occurred. Surgery was on 3. Very lucky not on 1, I'm told
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 12, 2015
He remains in the hospital with friends and family by his side. The multiple surgeries do not indicate a positive picture, but everyone is now hoping for the best as he is in critical condition.
Mason last played in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2002-03 before finally retiring from the sport. He ended his career with 10.9 PPG, 3.4 APG and 8.3 RPG. The New York Knicks, who have already been having a rough season, tweeted their prayers to the Mason family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony Mason and his family. #Knicks
— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) February 11, 2015