Flip Saunders – A True Loss to the NBA Family

Flip Saunders
Flip Saunders is a true loss to the NBA family. He was a longtime NBA coach that spent two decades in the NBA and was rebuilding the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise as team president, coach and part owner. He died Sunday at 60 years of age due to complications from Hodgkins lymphoma. His condition was supposed to be “treatable and curable” when the Timberwolves made the diagnosis public in August. However, he took a leave of absence from the team in September after complications arose during his recovery.
Saunders coaching record was 654-592 in 17 NBA seasons with the Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards. Philip Daniel Saunders was born on Feb. 23, 1955, in Cleveland and was a prep basketball star at Cuyahoga Heights High School. His mother Kay nicknamed him Flip after hearing the name at a beauty salon. He played in college at Minnesota, teaming with Kevin McHale and Mychal Thompson as a senior to lead the Golden Gophers to a 24-3 record.
Not long after graduating, Saunders decided to get into coaching and set about a long and winding path to the NBA. He started at Golden Valley Lutheran College just outside of Minneapolis and served as an assistant at Minnesota and Tulsa before spending seven seasons in the Continental Basketball Association.

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