When beloved Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders passed away in October of 2015 due to complications from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the tragic news shook the NBA and left an irreplaceable void in the very heart of the Timberwolves’ franchise. Saunders was more than just a head coach. He was the organization’s President of Basketball Operations, a minority owner and the man credited with rebuilding the club.
Simply, he meant more to Minnesota than just about any other coach has ever meant to any other team. As the league and its players mourned Saunders in those somber days following his passing, the Timberwolves announced that the team would honor their fallen leader by wearing a commemorative “Flip” jersey patch throughout the 2015-16 season.
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