Flashback Athlete of the Month July 2020

Anthony George Douglas Mason (December 14, 1966 – February 28, 2015) is a retired American National Basketball Association player. He averaged 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in his 13-year NBA career. Mason, who played primarily the power forward position despite his relatively diminutive stature (he stood at 6′ 7″ (2.01 m)), compensated his lack of size by his impressive musculature, which made him one of the most feared defensive players in the league. In addition to his physical strength, he could rely on a very good court vision and was a precise and effective passer. He was also known for shaving logos and words into his hair.

Mason’s long and accomplished basketball career includes a five-year stint with the New York Knicks. He was made part of the All-Defensive Second Team, as well as the All-NBA Third Team during the 1996-1997 season. Additional The NBA’s sixth Man of the Year in 1995 also earned the chance to play in the 2001 All Star Game as part of the Miami Heat.

Mason has made prominent appearances off the court as well. 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.

He also served as a Committee Member for the Cristian Rivera Foundation.

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