I went to the EBC Rucker Park tournament championship, and the game was team Ooh-Way vs. team Primetime. It was tight for the most part but late in the 4th quarter, team Ooh-way pulled away and took home the tournament trophy. While the game was exciting in itself, there was also an NBA legend in attendance to watch his son get the trophy. This NBA legend's name is Anthony Mason of the rough tough New York Knicks. He played on the New York Knicks from 1991-1996 and was a big presence. With career stats of 10.9 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game, he was definitely available on the offensive side and his toughness overall showed his defensive side. On that Knicks team, you would be afraid to go inside the paint. With a front court of Anthony Mason, Charles Oakley, and Patrick Ewing, it was certainly not easy to get inside without a bump or bruise after the play. Anyway, it was truly an honor to meet an NBA legend such as Anthony Mason and it is a Knicks legend so that makes it 1,000 times better. It was a short interview but I was so happy after the interview that I was able to talk to one of the toughest players not only in Knicks history, but in NBA history overall. It was truly an honor to meet and interview someone of Anthony Mason's caliber. So, without further ado, here is my interview with NBA legend Anthony Mason.
Q: Do you think the Knicks should bring back the kind of basketball that the you guys played when you were on the team?
A: They should definitely bring back that type of basketball if they want to win a championship. I mean the league is soft now and I believe that any team that is assertive like Chicago and Indiana stands a chance.
Q: What was your best moment as a Knick?
A: Being at all the home games watching my family cheer for me. Those are the most memorable moments for me.
Q: Do you think you could beat your son 1-on-1?
Q: Have you been following the NBA season this year?
A: I followed it last year, I'm definitely going to follow it this year but it's not the same. Like I said, the league is softer so it's not as exciting but I still follow it because I love the game.
Q: Who do you think will win the NBA championship this year?
A: I have no clue, because of what LeBron did, it made the league more interesting. The teams in the east are better and the talent is more spread out so it will definitely be interesting.
Q: What is the most valuable characteristic that young basketball players need to have in order to be successful?
A: Work ethic.
This was my interview with NBA legend Anthony Mason. He was one of the top Knick players in NBA history and he was right up there with the toughest in history. These achievements made it truly an honor to interview him and I am so glad that I was able to interview my first Knick legend. Anyway, this was my interview with Knicks legend Anthony Mason and there will be more to come soon. Thanks for reading and please comment!
When my brother and I went to the Rucker for the second time we got a chance to interview Anthony Mason Jr. from Ooh-Way Records. If you did not know, he is the son of Knicks legend Anthony Mason. Mason Jr is a very nice person and an extremely athletic player. He was kind enough to let me interview him and he is great person to hang out with. So, here is the video interview.
Below is the podcast version.
His coach on Ooh Way Records, Sonny, is a really nice person as well but when it is game time he gets intense. Other than that, he was nice enough to let me and my brother get a picture with him and he is a cool person to hang out with in general. Check out his blog: http://oohway1523.blogspot.com/
This was my interview with Anthony Mason Jr. at Rucker Park. By the way, it was his first year at the EBC Rucker Park tournament! Exclusive interviews coming out this week including Fat Joe, Gilbert Arenas and streetball and NYC legends like Happy Feet, Total Package, Anti-Freeze including Mousey and the Tri-State Classic! . Don't forget to check out the Blog tomorrow and view Chris's first interview ever featuring Anthony Mason Jr.. Thanks for reading and please comment!
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.