despite his health issues that's a shock.
despite his health issues that's a shock.
Shocking and sad. RIP Flip.
RIP.....i didnt know that his cancer had progressed so far that is was terminal. sorry to hear that.
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Wasn't it like a week ago that the news that he likely wouldn't coach any time soon? Even that seemed as a shock. This is absolutely awful news.
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That's terrible. I knew things went south pretty fast after reading some things, but I wasn't expecting this to happen now. Prayers go out to his family and the T'Wolves organization.
Like others have stated, I had no clue it got this bad. RIP
RIP Coach Flip Saunders had the opportunity & honor to be able to chop it up with such a great mind during the draft process.— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) October 25, 2015
Horrible news, and great that someone even as young as Myles could see how great he was.
"It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."
----------------- Reggie Miller
Terrible and shocking news. RIP to Coach Saunders
Wow, RIP Flip they had started acting as though it was worse than they were saying publicly but I had no idea it was this far.
I don't know why this just popped into my head but poor KG, he loses Malik leaves the team a few years later comes back and bam loses his coach and mentor.
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Very sad. Way too young. RIP Flip. Prayers go to your family.
RIP Flip, I remember him going back to his college day at Minnesota, it came as a shock how quickly he went. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Like others stated in this thread, I too had no idea that the cancer was this bad. As a Piston fan, he coached them to the best regular season (in terms of wins) in franchise history.
Just terrible news. RIP Coach Saunders.
That is very sad, way too young. RIP
Larry Bird qouted March 25th. 2015:
Bird: I wanted to keep our group together because in the summer, if David and Roy opt out, we're back to zero, really. We don't have that much, so you leave your options open. If we did make a trade, I didn't want to take on a lot of contracts -- because that's what usually happens. Plus, I liked my guys. They're playing well. If we keep the core together and Paul comes back healthy, we'll be right back to where we were.
It's tragic. I hope the league honors him everywhere in the opening games. He's been a head coach almost every year for the last two decades, and he's probably the 2nd biggest figure ever in Minnesota basketball history.
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Rip Coach Saunders.
I'm currently going through this with my 57yr old mother. Cancer is awful. Cherish the ones you love. It can strike hard and fast.
Tragic news. My condolences to his family and all those close to him.
I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.
Very sad indeed. He left a lasting impact on main people around the NBA, and undoubtedly outside of it as well. I do not doubt his legacy and memory will continue on for quite some time.
Prayers and condolences to family, friends and his NBA family.
Kevin Garnett is still mad at the Timberwolves over how they handled Flip Saunders’ death
KG is a bit bitter over how things went down in Minnesota.
When Kevin Garnett returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves in February 2015, he was thrilled to reunite with his friend and mentor Flip Saunders, who had been his coach years older and was then the team’s president.
But Saunders died in October at age 60, Garnett was left with a coach and front office he didn’t have much relationship with. He eventually negotiated a buy-out with owner Glen Taylor.
Now Garnett is retired, and he’s still a bit bitter about how things went down in Minnesota. In an interview with the AP, he said that “me and Glen don’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of things” and that he was disappointed that he wasn’t consulted more often on personnel decisions.
Most notably, KG took issue with how the Timberwolves handled their tribute to Saunders. When the team decided to produce a memorial video, Garnett chose not to participate. Via the AP:
One glaring absence was Garnett, who said he “couldn’t put a lifetime of friendship into three minutes.”
“How do you put a time limit on something like that?” Garnett said. “And then, too, I thought he wasn’t celebrated the proper way. You have high school banners, you have (expletive) hockey banners (hanging in the rafters). You couldn’t put a Flip banner in Target Center, some place that we helped build? … We established that market. I helped grow that with him. You can’t put him in the (rafters)?
“So I just had problems with how they were shoving this down all of our throats. The young guys, they weren’t invested enough to really understand what was going on. I chose to be mute, to be professional and keep all the negative energy down. There was a bigger message I wanted to tell, but I supported it and just kept my mouth shut.”
It’s hard to know whether these criticisms are fair or whether Garnett’s love for his friend just has his emotions running high.
KG made clear in this interview is that he still has love for his ex-Timberwolves teammates, but he seems reluctant to forgive the front office.
“I wish the Timberwolves all the best. I talk to KAT and some of the young guys all the time,” Garnett said. “I hope they can find a special place in commemorating Flip and celebrating him properly.”
At some point, you have to imagine this will get patched up and Garnett will return to Minnesota for all kinds of ceremonies. But if they decide to put up a banner honoring him, that might be an awkward conversation.
Yeah - the Timberwolves were doing the tribute - not Garnett.
Just sounds like Garnett being a D. Again. Still.