Desmond Mason played at Oklahoma State and won an NBA dunk contest.
He played for the Hornets and the Thunder in Oklahoma City among other stops in his 10-year career.
But Wednesday night, with his family and friends, he was sitting in traffic in New York City getting ready to receive an honor like no other he had won before.
Mason was on his way to the United Nations building in Manhattan to speak as the recipient of an Athlete for Peace Award.
“It’s a blessing. It’s a big honor,” said Mason from his car Wednesday afternoon.
Mason, along with a number of other athletes like Kemba Walker, Amani Toomer were set to be honored. Mason and Derek Anderson, who is an author, were scheduled to speak.
Mason, who is now an artist, worked with Athletes for Art, which is the group receiving the honor. He has been around the world promoting the cause.
“We just put this group together and obviously they wanted to get us involved and they wanted two people to be honored.”
Mason was an art major at Oklahoma State, coming to Stillwater from Waxahachie, Texas.
“It’s like the Beverly Hillbillies,” Mason said. “I’ve bounced around and found my way back to Oklahoma. Now I’m in traffic in New York and about to get the biggest award in my lifetime.”
Along with his mixed media art, Mason is a regular at The Franchise, joining Dylan and Todd’s late-morning show.
Mason has also put together a documentary, which was shown at the recent deadCenter Film Festival.
“This is really amazing,” he said. “I’m happy to be representing Texas, Oklahoma and The Franchise.”