Timberwolves’ Flip Saunders Dies at Age 60

October 25th, 2015 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders died Sunday, months after learning he had Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 60.

The Timberwolves announced the news but did not pass along any details. Saunders was diagnosed with cancer in June. Per the Associated Press, doctors initially categorized the disease as "very treatable and curable," and he even stayed with the team for the first two months of his diagnosis to help with the draft and free agency. He later stepped away for treatment in September, and Sam Mitchell took over as the team's head coach. 

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor released a statement through the team:

It is with tremendous difficulty and deep sadness that the Timberwolves acknowledge the passing of our President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach, Flip Saunders. Flip was a symbol of strength, compassion, and dignity for our organization. He was a shining example of what a true leader should be, defined by his integrity and kindness to all he encountered. Today is not a day to reflect on Flip’s accomplishments in basketball ...

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