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Flip Saunders Dies At Age 60

Wolves coach/executive Flip Saunders has diedthe team announced via Twitter. Saunders was 60.

Saunders has been battling the effects of cancer treatment and his health situation became dire earlier this month. Changes to way that Saunders‘ body had responded to chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma placed him in a life-threatening situation.

The team called the ailment a “very treatable and curable form of cancer” in August, when it announced his diagnosis along with the news that Saunders would continue his duties as head coach and president of basketball operations. A shift occurred last month, when Saunders took a leave of absenceSam Mitchell has been coaching the team and GM Milt Newton running the team’s basketball operations since Saunders went on leave. The team said at that point that he’d experienced complications related to the treatments he was receiving and that he was undergoing tests and further treatment at a hospital.

As Saunders’ condition worsened recently, owner Glen Taylor said that Saunders would not return to the team this season because of the complications.

Saunders coached the Wizards, Pistons and Wolves in a career that spanned 17 seasons and included 654 victories. Saunders’ death was shocking and saddening to many around the league. Saunders was both well-liked and well-respected for a variety of reasons.

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7 thoughts on “Flip Saunders Dies At Age 60

  1. aarongill

    Rip flip. Great man

  2. RIP Coach Sanders! Enjoyed meeting him when he was in Sioux Falls, SD.

  3. Sad news.

  4. bk awesome

    Love the t wolves great man rip flip sanders

  5. James Williams

    Wow. What terrible, terrible news.

  6. ehoop99

    Today is my 1 year anniversary of beating stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Flip is why I thank my lucky stars every day I’m alive. R.I.P flip. I didn’t know him, but he is a very courageous man!

  7. Arthur Hill

    He wasn’t just a prominent NBA figure. By all accounts he was a very good and generous man. The league will miss him greatly.

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