The Late Flip Saunders Simply Loved The Fans (Photo & Video)

Flip Saunders signing autographsSunday, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach/president of basketball operations Flip Saunders passed away after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this year. Sadly, he was just 60-years-old. What was believed to be a highly optimistic diagnosis, just a couple months ago, so quickly turned into the most devastating of outcomes.

Saunders coached 17 seasons in the NBA with the Timberwolves, Pistons and Wizards, but is best remembered for his two stints in Minnesota. As a result of playing point guard for the Minnesota Golden Gophers (1973-1977) and spending the bulk of his pro career on the T-Wolves sideline and/or front office, Flip will forever be a fixture in the Minnesota sports scene. He will be missed by many, both in his adopted home state and throughout the sports world.

Simply put, the Cleveland native was one of the nicest people one would ever have the pleasure of meeting, with very few prominent sports figures possessing a greater admiration for fans of the game of basketball. Here are a couple examples of this.

Above is an original photo of a healthy and happy Flip Saunders, gathered in August of 2014 at the Minnesota State Fair. This scene occurred on the day the Timberwolves introduced Andrew Wiggins and the team’s other new acquisitions to the public.

Below is an original video of Saunders signing autographs at Target Center, from a couple years back.

We’ll miss you Flip. 

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