By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
The entire NBA is mourning the loss of Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 60.
Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge issued the following statement regarding his passing.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Flip Saunders. He was an outstanding coach who always got the most out of his teams. He was always a well-respected opponent. Flip dedicated so much of his life to basketball and the NBA. His life has impacted so many. May God bless his wife Debbie, their children, and extended family. He will be missed greatly by our small NBA community.”
Some of the Celtics players also went to Twitter to express their sorrow.
One of the more powerful posts came from Kevin Garnett who posted a picture on Facebook of him sitting in front of Saunders’ parking spot with the caption “Forever in my heart…”
Outside of being a great basketball mind, Flip, from all accounts, seemed to have been a great person.
When Red Sox manager John Farrell was diagnosed with lymphoma, Saunders reached out to him and had been part of his support team during his treatment.
Cancer sucks. No other way to put it. Everyone has been touched by it in some way, shape or form.
The NBA and the world lost one of the good ones today.