This morning it was announced that former New York Knicks player, Anthony Mason, passed away after a battle with congestive heart failure. He was 48.
Mason, a 13 year NBA veteran, was in the hospital for close to a month, and it appeared that he was just getting better.
He won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in the '94-'95 season with the Knicks, and eventually played for other teams including for the Hornets, Bucks and Heat.
While most will always remember Anthony as the muscular player with handle who had intricate designs in his hair and guarded the paint with Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley, New Yorkers will remember him for being the guy that made it from the city courts, including West 4th street, to the hardwood floor of The Garden, a dream that most New York City kids have when they start playing on the city blacktop.