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Viewing for Anthony Mason in Queens on Thursday

Anthony Mason, right, and Danny Manning of the

Anthony Mason, right, and Danny Manning of the Los Angeles Clippers defend against each other on Jan. 3, 1993. Photo Credit: Jim Cummins

Anthony Mason's family is giving fans of the popular former Knicks forward an opportunity to pay their respects and say goodbye Thursday in Queens.

Mason died early Saturday morning several weeks after he suffered a massive heart attack from congestive heart failure. He was 48 years old.

The Mason family set viewing for the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York on Merrick Boulevard. There will be a private funeral Friday.

"The Mason family asks for their privacy during the funeral and thanks everyone for their support and prayers," said a statement released by the Knicks.

Mason was born in Miami, but grew up in Queens and attended Springfield Gardens High School.

He spent 13 seasons in the NBA, but was best known for his five with the Knicks from 1991-96. The 6-7 burly forward blossomed under Pat Riley and teamed up with Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley to form one of the most physically imposing front lines in NBA history.

During Mason's five seasons as a Knick, they averaged 54 wins, reached two conference finals and the 1994 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Rockets.

Mason, who was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, made his only All-Star team in 2001 as a member of the Miami Heat after reuniting with Riley. Mason's career ended following the 2002-03 season with the Bucks.

After he retired, Anthony was a regular at Knicks' home games and made occasional community appearances for the team.

The Knicks held a moment of silence for Mason before Saturday's win over the Raptors and honored him with a video tribute during a timeout.

Mason is survived by his 90-year-old mother, Mary, and four children, Anthony Jr., 28, who played at St. John's, Antoine, 22, who is playing for Auburn, Aryana, 13, and Armon, 11.

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