The people of New York have honored Former NY Knicks power forward, All-Star Anthony Mason who died in 2015 following a massive heart attack and multiple heart surgeries.
Mason now has a South Jamaica street near where he grew up named after him.
A stretch of 147th Street, between 123rd Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard, located less than a block from the Mason family’s former home, was co-named “Anthony Mason Way”
Mason’s family members, local residents, former teammates and some officials gathered at the ceremony to honor the former Knicks star.
“This is a beautiful event,” said his son, Antoine Mason. “The tough thing is, it’s not about anybody else here. It’s about the guy who’s up there.”
The 6-foot-7 defensive stalwart spent 13 seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks. He won the Sixth Man of the Year for the 1994-95 Knicks, coached by Pat Riley. The 1993-94 team lost in the finals to the Houston Rockets.
Mason played in 882 NBA games (started in 559), for New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks. Mason averaged career high 16.2 ppg, 5.7 apg and 11.4 rpg for Hornets during the 1996-97 season. He was named NBA All-Star in 2001.
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