Today is a sad day for NBA fans across the globe, as Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders passed away.
Saunders announced in August that he was being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma. While doctors considered it treatable and curable, setback in September, and it was announced Friday that Saunders would miss the entire 2015-16 season. Sadly, things took a turn for the worse which led to his passing.
"The NBA family is mourning today over the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Flip Saunders," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "... 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 had a huge impact on the NBA. He was known as an offensive wizard who got the best out of his players throughout his career. His NBA teams won 50 or more games on seven occasions, including a Pistons franchise-record 64 victories in 2005-06.
NBA coaches will wear a lapel pin this season to honor the memory of Saunders, according to Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, the president of the league's coaches association.
Thanks for everything Flip, you will be missed.