Longtime NBA coach and executive Flip Saunders, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma earlier in 2015, died of cancer Sunday Oct. 24, at the age of 60, Yahoo Sports reported.
Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in June and doctors called it ”treatable and curable” when the Minnesota Timberwolves made the diagnosis public in August. He took a leave of absence from the team in September after complications arose during his recovery.
Saunders won more than 1,000 games over a coaching career that spanned 35 years. As an NBA coach, Saunders went 654-594 with Minnesota, Detroit and Washington.
Kevin Garnett, who joined Saunders and McHale in saving professional basketball in Minnesota in the late 1990s and early 2000s, shared a touching photograph on his Facebook account in which he sat, arms folded, staring at Saunders’ parking space with a message that read, “Forever in my heart …”
Sam Mitchell, a former coach of the Toronto Raptors, has guided the Timberwolves in the pre-season and will take over the coaching duties.
The NBA world took to Twitter to react to the news. Many NBA players expressed their condolences, including LeBron James, as well as NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
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