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R.I.P. Anthony Mason

R.I.P. Anthony Mason

Story courtesy of espn.com

Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48.

A Knicks spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that Mason died early Saturday morning. The 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month.

“First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it,” his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said Saturday. “Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us.”

The Knicks held a moment of silence for Mason before Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors and aired a video tribute during the game.

Mason’s other son Antoine, a senior basketball player at Auburn, had said earlier this week that his father was “getting better” following multiple heart surgeries.

Mason’s family released a statement Saturday morning, saying that he “fought like a warrior to the very end.”

“We would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt thoughts and strong prayers,” the statement said. “Anthony felt each and every one. He fought like a warrior to the very end. Please keep your prayers and thoughts with us through this very hard time — it is a great loss for us. We ask for our privacy during this time.”

Mason played for six teams but was best remembered for his five-year tenure with the Knicks. Mason’s bruising, physical play epitomized then-coach Pat Riley’s Knicks teams. The 6-foot-7 forward became a fan favorite for his physical play and also drew attention for the creative artwork and messages that he had carved in his hair cuts.

“Anthony Mason exemplified perseverance for all players fighting for their chance in the NBA,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “NBA fans and players around the league admired his tenacity on defense and playmaking on offense.”

“My heart is heavy after learning that we lost Anthony Mason last night,” Ewing said in a statement. “We were teammates on the Knicks for five great seasons. Mase came to play every night and was always ready to go to battle with me every time we stepped on the court together.

“I will remember him for his strength, determination and perseverance. My thoughts are with his family. May he rest in peace.”

Oakley took to Twitter to send his condolences.

Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached against Mason during his time with the Chicago Bulls, also released a statement Saturday.

“As a competitor, there was none fiercer than Anthony Mason,” Jackson said. “Standing on the opposite end of the playing field, coaching in those great Chicago/New York battles, No. 14 in Orange and Blue always stood out. On behalf of the entire Knickerbocker community, our condolences go out to his family.”

Mason won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 1994-95 as a member of the Knicks. He also played with the Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat following his stint with the Knicks.

The Knicks have been unable to duplicate their success of the 1990s, and coach Derek Fisher said Mason’s determination could serve as a guide.

“He embodied a lot of what we’re continuing to try to do here,” Fisher said.

“Anthony was a multifaceted individual,” his longtime agent Don Cronson told ESPN.com’s Ian O’Connor. “There were many aspects to his personality, and some that people weren’t aware of. In the best sense of the term he was a momma’s boy. From the day I met him he was always thinking of his mom and taking care of her. As rough and tough as he was, Anthony was also a doting father, and I saw that many times.

“Anthony willed himself into the NBA, and very few players can do that. Any NBA team could’ve had him for a nickel, and he turned out to be the perfect Pat Riley player. I think Pat saw a lot of himself in Anthony, and really they were the same guy. That’s why they butted heads as often as they did. They were both blue-collar guys and fighters. Anthony told me, ‘Pat Riley was the one who gave me my chance. He’s the one who saw something in me when nobody else did.'”

Mason was reunited with Riley later in his career while playing for Miami, where he was named to his one and only All-Star team in 2001.

The Heat also held a moment of silence for Mason before Saturday’s game against the Hawks.

Mason’s career is a story of perseverance.

After playing high school basketball at Springfield Gardens in Queens and college basketball at Tennessee State University, Mason was selected in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, who waived him shortly thereafter.

Mason then played in Turkey and Venezuela before joining the then-New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets for short stints. He also played in the USBL and CBA.

Mason found a permanent home with the Knicks in 1991 after receiving an invite to play on the organization’s summer league team.

Riley appreciated Mason’s intense, physical approach and kept him on the roster, beginning a run that would end with Mason leaving an indelible mark on the Knicks organization and its fan base.

“News like this is not only sad, but it’s tragic,” Riley said. “Anthony Mason was a very young man with a great family and friends. To lose him so quickly during his journey, especially to those of us that knew him, hurts.”

ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley and Ian O’Connor and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Sports Sips

 

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Chris Bosh Out For the Season

Chris Bosh Out For the Season

Miami Heat fans, I’m sure, are very sad and frankly so I am.

I do not like the Miami Heat whatsoever BUT I DO NOT like to see any players hurt or sick.

Chris Bosh has been benched for the season due to blood clots in his lungs after complaining of discomfort.

Hope you get well soon Bosh!  Our prayers are with you on a swift recovery!

P.S. While you’re out, please, please, please don’t grow those dreadful baby dreds back on your head.  Stanks!

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/12360066/miami-heat-star-chris-bosh-miss-rest-season-due-blood-clots-lung

🙂 Phee

Article from espn.go.com.

Featured pic from dunk360.com.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Sports Sips

 

ESPN 30 for 30 – Broke

I referenced this ESPN special in my post about Amare Stoudemire.  If you haven’t seen it before, it’s an eye opening experience to find out athletes go broke because they do stupid things or trust the wrong people.

I personally believed that all athletes were still rich past their time on the field, court or ice.  Now, I know that some of our favorite athletes may be the one asking us if we want fries with that.  One may even be at a Home Depot near you making keys or getting something down for us out of housewares, even renting us a car at Enterprise.  Sho shad (so sad in baby talk).

Check it out and let me know what you think about it.

🙂 Phee

Video from youTube posted by P J Fronda.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Sports Sips

 

What Does Amare Stoudemire Do With Red Wine???

What Does Amare Stoudemire Do With Red Wine???

One day on lunch with a co-worker/friend at Qdoba, I happened to look up at the tv screen to see Amare Stoudemire in what I thought was a bathtub full of blood so I almost threw up.  I’m like, oh Lord, Amare done went to the dark side and joined some type of vampire cult until I read at the bottom of the screen that it was actually red wine.  I still almost threw up.  Not because I don’t like red wine but because of the thought of someone wasting all that red goodness to put their sweaty behind in it and not drink it nauseated me.  Why would a sane person waste their money on a red wine bath??  Oh, I’m sorry, “they” call it vinotherapy.  That’s not even a real world in the Webster’s Dictionary yet.  LOL

Remember that ESPN 30 for 30 special Broke?  Amare is going to be on the second version if he keeps spending money frivolously like this.

Here is an excerpt from the article by By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.comf  (link below) on vinotherapy…

“Grape polyphenols fight against free radicals, which cause 80 percent of skin aging. … In addition to their exceptional antioxidant power, polyphenols reinforce microcirculation, protect elastin and collagen fibers and prevent the destruction of the fundamental elements of the skin’s support tissues.”

My translation:  Wine baths are the modern day fountain of youth and give you better skin apparently (in my J.Cole voice).

How much will a wine bath run you, might you ask?  If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.  No, I couldn’t find the price of the one Amare had at the Plaza Hotel in New York but I’m sure it’s not cheap because I’m almost certain they’re not going to use Arbor Mist.  LMAO

Next thing you know it will be the “it” thing to take baths in gentleman’s jack if you wanna become more of a thug, Moscato if you want to be a little bit more sensitive to others, or Wild Irish Rose if you wanna learn how to turn up on people when needed.  I mean, really, what next athletes??????

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/11712310/new-york-knicks-amare-stoudemire-finds-rejuvenation-bathing-red-wine

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this story.

🙂 Phee

Featured pic from www.sportressofblogitude.com

Article from espn.go.com

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Sports Sips

 

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Mayweather and Pacquiao 5.2.2015

Mayweather and Pacquiao 5.2.2015

Mayweather and Pacquiao have finally settled their purse differences and scheduled a fight date at the MGM Grand on May 2nd. Within 15 minutes of the announcement, the rooms were sold out for as high as $615 a night. Oh yeah, the purse thing…these jokers will be paid $100 million vs. $60 million. Wow. Of course, Mayweather is getting the higher purse.

Anyway, here’s an article about the fight.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/02/the-mgm-grand-sold-out-the-mayweather-pacquiao-fight-in-15-minutes

I’ll probably be watching on Livestream or maybe not. It’s not that serious for me to pay to watch.

KT

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Sports Sips

 

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Seahawks fans, I’m sorry but this funny

Seahawks fans, I’m sorry but this funny
 
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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Random Sips, Sports Sips

 

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Superbowl Sunday is here!!

This game is over here killing me. I’m turning my 3 year old into a cheerleader over screaming DEFENSE!! We’re pulling for the Seahawks over here! I’m in love with that amazing less than 2 second play to tie the game at the half 14-14. Katy Perry won’t be going in my best halftime performance of all time category, I see. I expected more energy. Katy & Missy? I love Missy, but….Ummmmm, alright. All these wardrobe changes. I’m not saying it wasn’t good, just not my all-time favorite.

Come on Seahawks finish strong!

KT

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2015 in Sports Sips

 

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