1966 - 2015
1991 - 1996
Basketball theoretically isn't supposed to be a physical game. It was originally designed for ball handling, motion, passing, shooting, and yes, defense. Game officials paid particular attention to obstructive contact, and the rules awarded free throws as a penalty, and deterrent for such undisciplined play.
Then along came Anthony Mason, Charles Oakley, Patrick Ewing, and the New York Knicks. I know, down deep in my heart, the Chicago Bulls feared these guys. Their battles were epic; classic.
In Anthony Mason's five years as a Knick, at least to this fan, he cemented himself as one of the organization's Forever Men.
Anthony Mason was my guy.
Beyond just the Bulls, the NBA wound up revamping the rules in response to the Knicks physical style of play - exemplified and effectively executed on either side of the ball by Anthony Mason.
My condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones.
Thank you for great times.