NBA team Minnesota Timberwolves will make a glorious remembrance for late coach and executive Flip Saunders for the 2015-2016 NBA season. In honor of Saunders, Timberwolves will wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys this season:
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) October 27, 2015
Flip Saunders died at the age of 60, diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in June. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor then released a statement about Saunders and his legacy. ?Flip was a symbol of strength, compassion, and dignity for our organization,? Taylor said, according to AP Jon Krawczynski. ?He was a shining example of what a true leader should be, defined by his integrity and kindness to all he encountered.?
The team will wear the patch starting on November 2 in their home opener against the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Bleacher Report. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune also shared in social media that the Wolves ?will wear ?We? shooting shirts with Flip?s name on the heart side of warm-ups through November.?
?Today is not a day to reflect on Flip?s accomplishments in basketball or what he brought to us an organization on the court, but rather to indicate what he meant to us as a co-worker, friend, member of the community and the basketball world at large,? Taylor shared. ?We as an organization are devastated by his passing, and our hearts and prayers go out to (his wife) Debbie and the entire Saunders family as they endure this extraordinary loss.?
Sam Mitchell was named interim head coach in replacement of Saunders with General Manager Milt Newton heading the personnel department of the team. Saunders had a record of 654-592 in a total of 17 NBA seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, and Washington Wizards. The late coach of the Timberwolves is survived by his wife Debbie, son Ryan and daughters Mindy, Rachel and Kimberly.