Rugged Forward Was A Fan Favorite During Playing Days In The Early-To-Mid 1990s

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A popular Knicks forward from the 1990s is reportedly in the fight of his life.

Anthony Mason, 48, was in extremely poor condition on Wednesday night after surgery for an apparent heart attack.

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Though the Knicks did not immediately issue a statement, they offered words of support on Twitter.

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Known for his rugged style of play, Mason averaged 9.9 points per game during his five seasons with the Knicks. He averaged 7.6 points during New York’s playoff run to Game 7 of the NBA Finals in 1994. He then won the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award the following season.

Mason, who played in college at Tennessee State University, broke into the NBA in 1989 with the New Jersey Nets and ended up playing for six teams before retiring following the 2002-03 season with the Milwaukee Bucks.

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For his career, Mason averaged 10.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and shot 51 percent from the floor.