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Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  41 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason and Charles Oakley… Do not f@ck with them on the basketball court… or in a back ally…you will lose. Mason was only 6’7″ but still very efficient at the power forward position. He made up for his lack of height with his wide frame and superior strength (try getting around a Mason box out, not gonna happen). He was drafted by the Blazers in the 3rd, yes 3rd, round of the 1988 NBA Draft but was cut and ended up suiting up for the Nets at the start of the ’89 season. He didn’t blossom into the beast we all know until playing under Pat Riley with the Knicks. Mason was named 6th Man of the year in ’95 and was an All Star in 2001 with Miami when he put up his best numbers as pro: 16.1 pts, 9.6 rbs. Mason also had perhaps the wackest  foul shot in the history of basketball. Nothin but love, Anthony! Need more scrappy players like this in the league. Shout out to Misiek for the mix

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  • JTaylor21

    Dude had a very underrated mid range game and him, oak, and PEwing were one of the best frontline of all-time. Knicks fans will probably shed a tear looking at this and what D’Antoni puts out there every game. Keep your hopes up though cuz Melo is on the way.

  • tavoris

    Mothers, HIDE YOUR DAUGHTERS! (especially if they are 12-16 y/o)

  • larrylegend

    nothing beats bill cartwright’S FT “technique”.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    hid ya kids, hide ya wife

  • The Lord of Nsam (formerly known as Fresh Prince)

    Unfortunately, the one thing I remimber about Mase is that pass to Reggie at the end of a playoff game that NY was supposed 2 win…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I loved this motherfu*ker.

  • Toni Kukoc

    Real Basketball

  • Martey

    Oakley-Ewing-Mason-Starks-Harper
    Grit-Guts-Heart
    Man Mason was one of the few players that could guard everyone from the guards to the centers (Pistons era Rodman and Pippen come to mind). He also did his thing in Charlotte when he was traded for Larry Johnson. Although LJ was a superstar, most Knicks fans were pissed that Mase had to go. He was New York all the way from the designs in his hair to the New York Undercover cameo. When will Dolan and his cronies realize that New York ball is defensive minded, hard nose basketball. That run and gun stuff looks good under the California Sun. Fire D’Antoni

  • http://www.acb.com Alan

    this is a good one. nice we remenber him.

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Lawyue

    awesome.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Left or right hand it didn’t matter, kid had skill. Too bad mason/ewing/oak couldn’t win a chip together, one of the best front-lines ever.

  • andy 2.0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YVM5CUezug

    “I got my hair cut correct like Anthony Mason”

  • danmcdirty

    shame on you slamfam, that article is a bit weak. you gotta come up with a bit more in memory of mase. one of the greatest defenders ever n one of the first point forwards to play the game

  • http://deleted KH10

    And Mase averaged 16 ppg 11rpg and over 5 apg in 97, easily his best year as a pro, dropping triple doubles that same year Glen Rice went crazy and averaged over 30 after the all star game.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    he had the sickest haircuts

  • http://deleted KH10

    in retrospect that was a really bad trade Mase for LJ.

  • LB

    Man, I really miss that era of ball, when players really hated each other. I think Mase would rather have slapped the sh*t out of Jordan rather than join forces with him like the “SuperFriends.”

  • LB

    BTW, that beat is perfect for an Anthony Mason mix. Dark and grimy, just like the way he played.

  • dma

    back alley.

  • The Philosopher

    One of my favorite players of all times.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Great player for the Knicks to bad all of them disappeared in the big games. BOOK IT!!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Dwight Howard should learn to imitate some of the post moves Mason used. Dwight’s got the body and skill set for it and they’d be much more effective than what he uses now.

  • Norman Dale

    He was garbage- mightily overrated. He’s also a jerk, turned down signing an autograph for a 5 year old girl at the Westchester Pavilion in White Plains, NY at Sports Authority since he was too busy looking at ping pong tables. Had the girl in tears. Good riddance to him and his dirty hand-checking.

    And his son at New Rochelle HS will amount to nothing either. They’re losers.

  • JTaylor21

    Damn so now we are comparing Anthony Hitman Mason to the three05 SHAMWOW, @LB saying an idiotic statement like that should get you exiled to the galapagos island for life

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Man, I loved it when he was playing point forward with the Hornets. Real unique player, tough as nails and more skilled than you’d think.

  • MikeC.

    I always big-up Ewing and Oak, but Mase was the only player who could slow down Hakeem in the 94 Finals. When Mase was guarding Hakeem, NY didn’t need to send a double every time.

  • hammer

    Some of the most bruising forwards of the 90′s: the davis bros,carl herrera,charles smith,oakley,mase,michael cage,early pj brown,early kurt thomas just 2 name a few. And I know I’m missing a few more

  • hammer

    @joel 8:52. Yeah. Mase was a surprisingly good ball handler. Didn’t get much of a chance 2 do it n ny,but did manage 2 display it as a hornet. Very unique player indeed

  • Jonas

    @hammer Don’t forget Otis Thorpe

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    One of my favorite Knicks ever. He had some long arms for his body, you can tell by the way he flails them, but he was very skilled and had great hands–not to mention he had one of the strongest builds in the league. 6’7 and still he was such a force in the paint and could nail the outside J as well. Him and John Starks played their hearts out in Game 6 vs. Houston in the ’94 Finals–I still think about what if Hakeem had never laid a finger on the ball as it went up in the air for Starks’ last-second shot. That shot had such a good chance of going in.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @hammer: Yeah! Nice list – they don’t make them like that anymore do they? Seems like every decent team of the 90′s had at least one ego-less physical forward. Who do we have today?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    One of my favorite Mase moments is Game 7 of the ’94 series against the Bulls when they finally win, and he dribbles the clock out between the legs and slams the ball hard against the ground. You could tell he was happy.
    I also dig the clip starting at around the 0:50 mark, that entire fastbreak sequence where Oak gets the board and they dish it down to Mase at the other end of the floor and he flushes it. That dunk is so bad @ss when he keeps his arm in the air and just looks at the camera with his mouthpiece hanging out.

  • MikeC.

    ^^^ yeah, except he got T’d up for it and it cost the Knicks 2 pts in a close Finals game. Stupid refs.

  • hammer

    @jonas. Ur right. How could I 4get otis? Thanx

  • hammer

    @joel. The only 1 out there probably would b noah. He isn’t physical like past forwards. Not even close. But he does whatever it takes 2 win and plays w/hustle and energy. Doesn’t care who gets credit 4 the win as long as its his team that wins. I would compare him 2 a jerome junkyard dog williams. @ least that’s who he reminds me of

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Yeah… I wonder if I can turn that play/clip into a .gif. Would anyone know how?

  • NAS

    He was a much better defender but his offensive game resembled Z-BO very much

  • Moose

    Chris Dudley had a wackier foulshot

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I liked when he would make a great play against the Bulls when Michael was playing, he would stick his tongue out to break his balls. NO ONE else did that type of sh*t to Mike.

  • Drolfe

    Highlight reels of a player who has never had a highlight are weird.

  • http://slamonline.com john ryan

    he worked hard being not that tall to develop the skills he did he had a cousin and they would play till 5 am,i heard, having a inside track i think thats how is handle got better, his cousin used to steal his crossover every time so he learned to lower his crossover oliver miller stole his crossover 1 time so him and his cousin worked on it ,

    while in turkey they would run up hills with weight vest on, i heard that same cousin stuck by him through thick and then when he road the bench on the nets after every net game they would yell and curse at bill fitch all the way back to the hood n jamaica queens ,just sad that he really didnt take care of family,

    i heard he was like puff daddy he would buy his friends and family all the drinks in the world and party hard but when family members needed jobs or ran into hard times he could care less and i heard from 1 of his close friends he would make friends and family fight just for his enjoyment ,

    and never associated with members of the team unless they were bench riders believe it or not he knew no one on the knicks except oak. But take nothing away he was hard working player who pride himself on defense one of his quotes were if your man scores 20 and you score 20 wheres the defense?

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