Former 13-year NBA veteran Anthony Mason is now said to be literally fighting for his life after suffering a massive heart attack last week. The serious heart ailment has his family and friends very concerned and they are simply “hoping for the best at this point.”
According to ESPN, Mason suffered a serious heart attack several days ago, and since then, he has had multiple surgeries at a New York hospital to try and correct the situation.
The New York Knicks were just one of six teams that the 48-year-old “Locksmith” played for during his career in the NBA. Upon hearing the news of Mason’s ailment, the team tweeted out a message hoping for the best.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony Mason and his family. #Knicks
— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) February 11, 2015
As the NY Post reported, the team has not released any official comment on Anthony Mason or his condition. A person that is close to the family said he was asked by them not to comment publicly, but said that Mason’s condition was grave.
Peter Vecsey, a longtime NBA-writer based out of New York, tweeted about the condition of Mason.
Sickened 2 report, ex-Knick Anthony Mason fighting 4 life. Congestive heart failure, heart attack, 4 surgeries, last one 9 hrs. Sons by side
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 11, 2015
After tweeting that Mason is 48, Vecsey tweeted that his mother, Mary, will be 90-years-old on Thursday. He then tweeted out more on Mason and how things have gone for the former NBA star over the past years.
Mason, 350 lbs, had heart issue 4 yr. Was on 2d fl of hosp taking test when attack occurred. Surgery was on 3. Very lucky not on 1, I’m told
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 12, 2015
Mason played 13 seasons in the NBA and averaged 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds. He accepted the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award in 1995 as a member of the Knicks. In 2001, he earned his only All-Star roster spot while a member of the Miami Heat.
In the 1994 season, he teamed up with John Starks, Patrick Ewing, and Charles Oakley to lead the Knicks to the NBA Finals.
He was given the nickname of “Locksmith” by himself after stating that “Put me on anybody and I’ll lock ’em up.” Defense was a strong point of Mason’s game, and he always was a force on the inside.
Anthony Mason eventually retired from the NBA after the 2002-2003 season and ended his career with the Milwaukee Bucks. Now, he’s fighting for his life and many former teammates are hoping their friend will pull through.
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