Phil “Flip” Saunders, coach of Minnesota Timberwolves, dies of cancer

Phil "Flip" Saunders coaches the Washington Wizards during a game in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 25, 2011. On Oct. 25, 2015, the Timberwolves announced Sauders died at age 60 after a battle with cancer. File photo by Susan Knowles/UPI | License Photo

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Phil “Flip” Saunders, head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, has died after a battle with cancer, his team announced Sunday.

Saunders, 60, had been diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in June and was hospitalized last month during treatment.

Two days after the Timberwolves announced Saunders would sit out the upcoming season, the team posted a press release to Twitter announcing his death with “extreme sadness.”

Saunders was also the Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations and a minority owner of the team. He previously coached for the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons for three seasons each, compiling a career coaching record of 654-592.



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