Anthony Mason, a bruising power forward who personified the gritty Knicks of the mid-90s, is in critical condition following a massive heart attack, a source close to the family confirmed late Wednesday.
The Knicks would not comment on Mason but did issue a tweet prior to Wednesday’s game in Orlando that read: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony Mason and his family.”
Retired NBA writer Peter Vecsey had earlier reported, via Twitter, that the 48-year-old Mason had suffered from “congestive heart failure, heart attack, 4 surgeries, the last one 9 hrs.”
One of Mason’s former teammates in New York, who did not want to be identified, describe his condition as grave. Another of Mason’s former teammates, Mark Jackson,
Praying for my former teammate Anthony Mason!!!
— Mark Jackson (@MarkJackson13) February 12, 2015