The sports world is mourning this morning following the passing of Minnesota Timberwolves head coach, Flip Saunders.
Saunders passed away on Sunday after a battle with cancer. Flip was 60 years old.
In August, the NBA coach, who is known for his time with the Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons, announced that he had been diagnosed and was being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma. Although Saunders had intentions on remaining head coach, he had a setback in September.
The future of Saunders’ journey as head coach was still unclear, however, on Friday, it was announced that he would be out for the entire season. Two days later, Saunders passed.
“The NBA family is mourning today over the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Flip Saunders,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Flip’s untimely passing has left a gaping hole in the fabric of our league. Flip was a beloved figure around the NBA, nowhere more so than in Minnesota, demonstrating a genuine and consistent passion for his players, his team and the game. On behalf of the NBA, we offer our most sincere condolences to Flip’s wife, Debbie, their four children and the entire Minnesota Timberwolves organization.”
Several athletes have expressed their condolences via social media, many sharing what an incredible coach he truly was. One of the many stars speaking out, Timberwolves stud, Kevin Garnett who posted an emotional photo of himself sitting in front of Flip’s parking space at the arena.
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