DANNY MELBOURNE — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that his mother, Dama de Blasio, passed away peacefully Thursday at the age of 83.
A statement released by the mayor’s office read, “The family would like to extend our sincere condolences to Dama and his wife and children during this very difficult time.
His contributions to New York will live on forever.
We have a special place in our hearts for the way he treated all of us, regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dama, his wife, children and staff during this difficult time.”
Damas son, Domenico, was also on hand for the event, along with his wife Lenny, and they were accompanied by the couple’s daughter, Alyssa, who also attended the event.
Domenico Dama was a key member of the New York Knicks, including his playing career and being named a member of their Hall of Fame in 1987.
He played with the Knicks in their first and only championship season in 1989, and led the team in scoring in that year.
His career ended when the team traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer of 1994, but he returned in 2000 to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, who then traded him in 2018 to the New Jersey Nets.
He went on to have a career that spanned five decades, but his biggest accolades are his contributions as a member the Knicks and as a New York-born player.
He was a member for 13 seasons and has won three NBA championships.
He has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Famer Hall of Famers and has also been a member.
He was the first player in franchise history to win three consecutive MVP awards, becoming the first Knicks player to do so since Joe Dumars in 1976.
He became the first NBA player to record two consecutive 20-point games in a game and was the last player to achieve the feat with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2005.
Damas last season with the Lakers was the final one of his career, but the two-time All-Star was also a key contributor to the team’s championship.
He had an MVP-caliber season, averaging 17.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists.