Minnesota Timberwolves President and head coach Flip Sanders has passed away according to NBA sources. Sanders was diagnosed with Hodgin Lymphoma in June of this year and at the time it was said to be curable and treatable. He took a leave of absence from the team in September due to a complication in his treatment.
The NBA released the following statement on it’s website:
“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.” – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Saunders was 60 years old.