/Flip Saunders, Who Led Timberwolves’ Ascent, Dies at 60

Flip Saunders, Who Led Timberwolves’ Ascent, Dies at 60


Flip Saunders in 2004, during his first tenure with Minnesota. His Timberwolves teams went 411-326 from 1995 to 2005.

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Flip Saunders, a basketball coach and executive who 20 years ago took over the hapless Minnesota Timberwolves and turned them into a winning team, and who had recently been called back to Minnesota in the hope that he could once again turn the franchise around, died on Sunday. He was 60.

His death was announced by the Timberwolves, for whom he served as head coach, president of basketball operations and part owner. The team did not say where he had died and did not specify the cause, but he had said in August that he was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

At that time, Saunders said doctors considered his condition “very treatable and curable.” But the next month, after complications arose during his treatment, which included chemotherapy, he took a leave of absence.

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