Anthony Mason (basketball)

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Anthony Mason
Personal information
Born(1966-12-14)December 14, 1966
Miami, Florida
DiedFebruary 28, 2015(2015-02-28) (aged 48)
Manhattan, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Springfield Gardens
(Queens, New York)
College Tennessee State (1984–1988)
NBA draft 1988 / Round: 3 / Pick: 53rd overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career1988–2003
Position Power forward
Number42, 34, 14, 17
Career history
1988–1989 Efes Pilsen
1989–1990 New Jersey Nets
1990–1991 Tulsa Fast Breakers
1990–1991 Denver Nuggets
1991 Marinos de Oriente
1991Long Island Surf
19911996 New York Knicks
19962000 Charlotte Hornets
2000–2001 Miami Heat
20012003 Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,656
Rebounds 7,279
Assists 2,963
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Anthony George Douglas Mason (December 14, 1966 – February 28, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. In his 13-year career he played with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He averaged 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in his 13-year NBA career. During the prime of his career in the mid-1990s, he earned the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1995 and then led the NBA in minutes played in the subsequent two seasons. In 1997, he earned All-NBA (3rd team) and NBA All-Defensive Team (2nd team). He was selected to the 2001 NBA All-Star Game.

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Denver Nuggets professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado

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Mason played collegiately for Tennessee State University and played professionally in Turkey, Venezuela, the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and the United States Basketball League (USBL).

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Turkey Republic in Western Asia

Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. East Thrace, located in Europe, is separated from Anatolia by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorous strait and the Dardanelles. Turkey is bordered by Greece and Bulgaria to its northwest; Georgia to its northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. Istanbul is the largest city, but more central Ankara is the capital. Approximately 70 to 80 per cent of the country's citizens identify as Turkish. Kurds are the largest minority; the size of the Kurdish population is a subject of dispute with estimates placing the figure at anywhere from 12 to 25 per cent of the population.

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Basketball career

Portland Trail Blazers

Mason attended Tennessee State University and was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft (53rd pick), but was cut shortly afterwards.

Portland Trail Blazers professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon

The Portland Trail Blazers, commonly known as the Blazers, are an American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. The Trail Blazers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. The team played its home games in the Memorial Coliseum before moving to Moda Center in 1995. The franchise entered the league as an expansion team in 1970, and has enjoyed a strong following: from 1977 through 1995, the team sold out 814 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in American major professional sports at the time, and only since surpassed by the Boston Red Sox. The Trail Blazers are the only NBA team based in the bi-national Pacific Northwest, after the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis and became the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001 and the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.

The 1988 NBA draft took place on June 28, 1988, in New York City, New York. The length was reduced from seven rounds in the previous year to three rounds.

Turkey

He then played for the Efes Pilsen basketball club in Turkey.

Anadolu Efes S.K. basketball team

Anadolu Efes Spor Kulübü, formerly known as Efes Pilsen, is a Turkish professional basketball team that is based in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the most successful club in the history of the Turkish Super League (BSL), having won the league's championship 13 times.

Venezuela

Mason played for Marinos de Oriente in Venezuela and other teams in the CBA and the USBL for about a year.

New Jersey Nets

He had brief stints with the New Jersey Nets, where he averaged 1.8 points.

Brooklyn Nets Professional basketball team based in Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The Nets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Barclays Center. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the New York Knicks. The team was established in 1967 as a charter franchise of the NBA's rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). They played in New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans during their first season, before moving to Long Island in 1968 and changing their name to the New York Nets. During this time, the Nets won two ABA championships. In 1976, the ABA merged with the NBA, and the Nets were absorbed into the NBA along with three other ABA teams.

Denver Nuggets

He also played for the Denver Nuggets, where he played only 3 games.

Long Island Surf (USBL)

In 1991, Mason played as a power forward for the United States Basketball League team the Long Island Surf. In his one season with the Surf, Mason was named to the All-USBL First Team, averaging more 27.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, and he set a league record with 28 rebounds in a game. Ed Krinsky, general manager of the Surf, said, "I really believed he could play in the N.B.A. He was a huge guy with backcourt skills," and later that year, Mason was already on the New York Knicks' summer league roster, with Pat Riley as coach. [1] [2] In the year 2000, in celebration of the USBL's 15th anniversary, USBL fans voted on the "All-15 Team," a collection of the best USBL players from 1985 to 2000, many of whom went on to become renowned NBA stars, with Mason included among the 15. [3]

New York Knicks

Mason then signed with the New York Knicks in the summer of 1991. In the 1990–91 season, Mason played 26 games for the CBA's Tulsa Fast Breakers, with whom he averaged 29.9 points and 14.8 rebounds per game in his only season in the league. [4]

Under coach Pat Riley, Mason blossomed in New York, where he made up a strong front court alongside Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and Charles Smith. In 1994, the Knicks reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 1973 but lost in seven games to the Hakeem Olajuwon-led Houston Rockets. Mason was traded in 1996 to the Charlotte Hornets with Brad Lohaus for Larry Johnson. In 2000, he was sent to the Miami Heat with Eddie Jones, Ricky Davis and Dale Ellis for Jamal Mashburn, P. J. Brown, Tim James, Rodney Buford and Otis Thorpe, and finished his career with the Milwaukee Bucks. He retired in 2003, and fixed residence in Memphis, Tennessee.

Mason won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1995. He was named to the 1996–97 All-NBA Third Team and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He led the league in minutes played in 1995–96 (3,457), also setting a Knicks record with the number. He also led the league in minutes played per game in 1996–97 (43.1).

Charlotte Hornets

His first season with the Hornets was the best in his NBA career. He recorded career highs in minutes played (43.1), points (16.2), rebounds (11.4) and assists (5.7) and also 4 triple-doubles (the first in his career). He missed the entire 1998–99 season due to a ruptured biceps injury , then averaged 11.6 points and 8.5 rebounds the following one.

Miami Heat

In Miami, although Mason had been brought over by Miami coach Pat Riley to be a role player on what was thought to have been a contender Heat team, the kidney ailment of Alonzo Mourning forced Mourning to sit out and made Mason a starter for the team. Mason would respond by finishing second on the team in scoring, with 16.1 points per game, and averaging 9.6 rebounds. With Mourning and Grant Hill selected but unable to play due to injury in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, Mason was chosen to represent the Heat in his only selection to an All-Star team. Mason helped the Heat make the playoffs with a 50 win season for the injury-ravaged squad. Mason, however, virtually disappeared in the playoffs, taking only 13 shots and averaging a mere 5.3 points and 3 rebounds in three games. Mason was waived during the offseason.

Milwaukee Bucks

He signed with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2001–02 season. In Mason's first season with the Bucks, the team stumbled to a 41–41 record (11 games worse than the previous season) and missed the playoffs altogether. Mason's numbers went down as well: 9.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg. Nonetheless, Milwaukee stuck with Mason for another year, waiving him after the 2002–03 season.

Personal life

Mason's son Anthony Mason Jr. played on the St. John's University Red Storm basketball team. [5] He completed his eligibility for the 2009–10 St. John's Red Storm, and he went on to try out with the Miami Heat, [6] before playing for teams such as the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Cholet Basket. [7] [8] Another son, Antoine, played basketball at Auburn University after transferring there from Niagara University, [9] where he led the 2012–13 Niagara Purple Eagles in scoring as a redshirt sophomore. [10] [11] Antoine was also the second-leading scorer in the NCAA as a redshirt junior (behind only Creighton's Doug McDermott).

"I Got a Story to Tell"

Mason and his former girlfriend are allegedly the subject of the song "I Got a Story to Tell" by The Notorious B.I.G. In the song, B.I.G. describes a situation in which he was sleeping with another man's girlfriend at that man's house. When the man returns unexpectedly, B.I.G. tied up the girlfriend, then drew a gun on the man and demanded money. [12] He obeyed and B.I.G. left to share this story with his friends. Although B.I.G. never named Mason, he did mention "a player from the New York Knicks" as the girl's boyfriend and that this player's height was 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m). [12] On May 16, 2016, Fat Joe claimed that "I Got a Story to Tell" was about Mason on the ESPN show Highly Questionable , saying it is a "very strong possibility, rumor" the song is about Mason. [13] Since he died before the reveal, Mason could not comment to confirm whether or not the song is about him. [14] Former teammate John Starks also appeared on Highly Questionable prior to Mason's death in 2015 and was also asked about who "I Got a Story to Tell" was about. Starks said he knew that the events described in the song really happened, but declined to reveal a possible name. [14]

Death

Mason suffered a massive heart attack in early February 2015 [15] and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He later succumbed to the condition, and died on February 28, 2015, in Manhattan at the age of 48. [16] [17]

TV/film/music appearances

In the TV series New York Undercover , Mason appeared in two different episodes, playing himself in one. He also plays a pickup player in the 1996 film Eddie , and himself in Woody Allen's Celebrity .

In addition, Mason appears in the Diamond D rap video "Best Kept Secret", dunking his way through the video on a New York City playground basketball court. [18]

The Beastie Boys song "B-Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak" from 1994's "Ill Communication" LP mentions him with the lyric "I got my hair cut correct like Anthony Mason"—the Beasties being NY Knicks fans. [19] He also appeared in the band's music video "Root Down".

NBA career statistics

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1989–90 New Jersey 2105.1.350.6001.6.3.1.11.8
1990–91 Denver 307.0.500.7501.7.0.3.03.3
1991–92 New York 82026.8.509.6427.01.3.6.37.0
1992–93 New York 81030.6.502.6827.92.1.5.210.3
1993–94 New York 731226.1.476.000.7205.82.1.4.17.2
1994–95 New York 771132.4.566.000.6418.43.1.9.39.9
1995–96 New York 828242.2.563.7209.34.4.8.414.6
1996–97 Charlotte 737343.1.525.333.74511.45.71.0.516.2
1997–98 Charlotte 818038.9.509.000.64910.24.2.8.212.8
1999–00 Charlotte 828138.2.480.000.7468.54.5.9.411.6
2000–01 Miami 808040.7.482.7819.63.11.0.316.1
2001–02 Milwaukee 828238.3.5051.000.6977.94.2.7.39.6
2002–03 Milwaukee 655832.6.486.000.7186.43.2.5.27.2
Career88255934.7.509.167.7098.33.4.7.310.9
All-Star1020.0.000.000.0004.01.01.0.0.0

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1992 New York 12024.0.442.7866.3.8.2.75.0
1993 New York 15034.0.590.6327.32.7.7.412.5
1994 New York 25026.4.489.7145.81.8.6.27.6
1995 New York 11032.0.608.000.6236.22.2.5.59.5
1996 New York 8843.8.526.6797.83.3.5.112.6
1997 Charlotte 3343.7.421.53812.03.0.3.313.0
1998 Charlotte 9940.8.576.000.5957.93.4.9.015.4
2000 Charlotte 4444.8.474.000.7009.85.51.0.512.5
2001 Miami 3332.7.385.0001.0003.01.3.3.05.3
2003 Milwaukee 6026.2.412.6923.3.2.5.23.8
Career962732.2.524.000.6686.62.2.6.39.5

See also

Notes

  1. Araton, Harvey (February 28, 2015). "Tough Knick Anthony Mason Was True to the City". New York Times. New York, NY. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  2. Smith, Chris (May 31, 1993). "The Knicks Go For the Grand Slam". New York Magazine. New York, NY. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  3. Fisher, Sean (January 24, 2000). "In Celebration Of Its 15th Anniversary Season, USBL Fans Select The "All-15 Team"". Silicon Investor. San Francisco, CA. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  4. 1991–92 Official CBA Guide and Register, page 289
  5. "Anthony Mason Jr. Bio – REDSTORMSPORTS.COM – St. John's University Official Athletic Site". cstv.com. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  6. "HEAT Signs Anthony Mason Jr". NBA.com . Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  7. "Anthony Mason #22 Forward". NBA.com . Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  8. "St. John's alum Anthony Mason Jr signs with French club Cholet Basket". SB Nation . Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  9. "College Basketball Recruiting Schools". ESPN. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  10. Beard, Aaron (February 26, 2013). "NBA sons making their mark in college basketball". Miami Herald . Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  11. "Antoine Mason". ESPN . Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  12. 1 2 "The Notorious B.I.G. – I Got A Story to Tell". Genius. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  13. "Fat Joe Reveals Knick Biggie Referenced on 'Story to Tell". XXL Mag. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  14. 1 2 "Fat Joe Says the Notorious B.I.G. Was Talking About Anthony Mason on 'I Got a Story to Tell' | SPIN". Spin. May 16, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  15. "Anthony Mason suffers 'massive heart attack' – New York Post". New York Post. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  16. "Anthony Mason dead at 48: Bruising former Knicks power forward dies weeks after suffering massive heart attack". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  17. Anthony Mason, Bruising Knicks Forward, Dies at 48
  18. "P&T Top Ten: Number 9- Anthony Mason – Posting and Toasting". Posting and Toasting. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  19. "Beastie Boys – B-Boys Makin' With the Freak Freak lyrics". thelyricarchive.com. Retrieved February 12, 2015.

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