Anthony Mason played for many teams during his time in the N.B.A., but his stint with his hometown New York Knicks will always be his most memorable.
The city that he represented recently decided to pay homage to him. A street in South Jamaica Queens will be re-naming the street to his name.
A stretch of 147th Street, between 123rd Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard, is set to be co-named “Anthony Mason Way,” after the City Council last week approved a proposal to rename 42 streets throughout the city.
Mason, who played with the Knicks from 1991 to 1996, suffered a massive heart attack in February last year and died 2 weeks later.
“Anthony Mason was a beloved member of the South Jamaica community and the New York Knicks, and it is only appropriate that his career be celebrated,” said City Councilman Ruben Wills, who introduced the co-naming proposal on behalf of Mason’s family.
The co-naming, Wills said, will be just one way to honor the late athlete whose relatives also founded the “Family on Three” youth mentoring program, which the councilman said, “will surely leave an enduring legacy.”
Mason, who over his career also played for the Nets, Hornets, Nuggets, Heat and Bucks, won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award with the Knicks in 1995.