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.
We are extremely saddened to learn today Phil “Flip” Saunders has passed away at age 60.
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) October 25, 2015
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.
Damn!!!! RIP Flip Saunders!!!! Praying for the family!!!
— Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) October 25, 2015
RIP Flip Saunders
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) October 25, 2015
RIP to Flip 😔
— RJ Hunter (@RJHunter22) October 25, 2015
RIP coach Flip Saunders my fist coach in the NBA it was a pleasure playing for you, my condolences… https://t.co/cAD61jutCW
— Amir Johnson (@IamAmirJohnson) October 25, 2015
RIP Flip. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Gone way to soon.
— Jonas Jerebko (@JonasJerebko) October 25, 2015
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…”
Powerful tribute to Flip Saunders from Kevin Garnett. (via Kevin Garnett / Facebook) pic.twitter.com/pY164lgYSI
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 25, 2015
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.
John Farrell the other day on Flip Saunders: pic.twitter.com/Y4d5jcZxpX
— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) October 25, 2015
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.