Although Anthony Mason retired from the world of basketball earlier than many people expected, he did not stay far from a success, so many years he spent on the court and played for several basketball teams as a power forward. During his time in the NBA, he was signed by six professional basketball teams and also won several awards and titles for his achievements in the league.
Mason began his professional soccer career in 1988 when he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers as the 53rd pick in the third round of the 1988 NBA Draft. His contract with the Blazers was terminated, however, which led to his promotion to the professional basketball team of Efes Pilsen in Istanbul, Turkey that same year. Anthony worked with Pilsen until 1989 when he joined the basketball team of the New Jersey Nets in Brooklyn, where he made a short detour and achieved an average of 1.8 points.
The following year, 1990, Mason left the Nets and joined the American professional basketball team Denver Nuggets, where he played only three games for the team. He was fired from the team in 1991 and played for the New York Knicks from 1991 to 1996, where he flourished and formed a formidable frontcourt with Charles Smith, Charles Oakley, and Patrick Ewing. Mason was then traded for Larry Johnson in 1996 alongside Brad Lohaus at the Charlotte Hornets.
In his first season with the Hornets, the basketball player set his best career record with 4 triple-doubles, 11.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 16.2 points and 43.1 minutes played. Mason ended his career with the Hornets in 2000 and was asked by the team’s coach, Pat Riley, to play in the Miami Heat.
He averaged 9.6 rebounds and 16.1 points per game and then represented the Heats on an all-star team, where he reached the playoffs with 50 wins in the season and later disappeared into the playoffs, averaging only 3 rebounds and 5.3 points and firing only 13 shots in three games. In the 2001 postseason, Miami Heat finally gave him up.
Anthony Mason ended his career with the Milwaukee Bucks, who signed him for the 2001 – 2002 season. Despite several weak engagements, the Bucks stayed with him until the end of the 2002-2003 season, when they finally signed him. The thirteen years the player spent in the world of basketball gave him chances to average 8.3 rebounds and 10.8 points, and also earned him the 1995 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, a selection for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, and mentions for the NBA All-Defensive Second Team and the 1996-1997 All-NBA Third Team.
Who Is Anthony Mason?
Anthony Mason, who will always be remembered, was a professional basketball player who spent 13 years of his life playing for several basketball teams. After his birth on December 14, 1966, in Miami, Florida, his parents named him Anthony George Douglas Mason. He was raised by his mother, Mary Mason, as his father was not part of his life.
Mason completed high school in Springfield Gardens, Queen, New York, and later moved to Tennessee State University where he received his college education. He spent four years at the university playing for the college basketball team. Anthony’s journey with Tennessee, which began in 1984, ended in 1988, the same year he was drafted into the NBA. In addition to the NBA, the basketball player has played in Venezuela, the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), Turkey, and the United States Basketball League (USBL) during his 13-year career.
The power forward, who wore jerseys no. 17, 34, 14, and 42 during his NBA career, died a wealthy man. He was reportedly able to accumulate a whopping $17 million from his career and other ventures.
His Family, Wife
Although it is not known whether he had siblings or not, Mason had four children (three sons and one daughter) from four different women before his death. During his lifetime, however, he identified with only two of his children, which led the public to believe that the basketball player only gave birth to two children, but his eldest son, in an emotional statement released in March 2015, allegedly acknowledged that his father actually had four children, all from different women.
Anthony Mason Jr. (born January 25, 1987, in Jacksonville, Florida) is the power forward’s eldest child, born to him by a Memphis-born woman named Monica Bryant. He is also a basketball player, used to play for the men’s basketball team of St John’s Red Storm, and is currently a minor striker for the Miami Heats.
His younger stepbrother is Anthoine Mason (born May 24, 1992, in Queens, New York) is a basketball player who represents Fujian Lightning as a guard in the Chinese National Basketball League. He comes from Anthony’s relationship with a woman named Latifa Whitlock. The last two are Armon Mason and Aryana Mason, according to the New York Post.
Death – What Caused It?
The former NBA player died on February 28, 2015, in Manhattan, New York, from the consequences of fatal heart failure. In the days before his death, Mason suffered a massive heart attack that drove him to a Manhattan hospital, where he finally died surrounded by his children and relatives.
Height – How Tall Is He?
When Anthony Mason was alive and playing in the basketball league, he was 6’1″ tall, while his weight was reported as 113 kilograms or 250 pounds.