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T-Wolves Coach Flip Saunders Dies Of Cancer at 60-Years-Old

by: JamieD On  Sunday, October 25, 2015

Flip Saunders

In August, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders announced that he was being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma. Today, he died at the age of 60.

At the time of his announcement, it was believed that Saunders’ cancer was “very treatable and curable.” He was even expected to resume his duties as head coach and president of basketball operations with the club, but in September he suffered a setback that landed him back in the hospital.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement on Saunders’ passing:

“The NBA family is mourning today over the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Flip Saunders. With more than 40 years around the game, 20 of them in the NBA, 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.”

Flip Saunders spent 17 years as a head coach in the NBA, earning a 654-592 record and plenty of respect during that time.

Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Flip.

Here’s how the NBA reacted to this sad news:

Forever in my heart….

Posted by Kevin Garnett on Sunday, October 25, 2015

R.i.p Flip Sanders. You will be truly missed . Still cannot believe it.

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