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When it was first announced that Flip Saunders had been diagnosed with a very treatable form of Hodgkins Lymphoma, it seemed as though he'd likely miss an extended period of time and the hope was that he'd be back patrolling the sidelines in the very near future.
Unfortunately, today we all have to say goodbye to the man that will go down as the man responsible for getting the ailing Wolves franchise back on track.
It was announced Sunday afternoon that at the age of 60, Flip Saunders had passed away. This coming just a couple days after a story came out in the Star Tribune by Jerry Zgoda that quoted Glen Taylor in saying that Flip definitely wouldn't coach this season. Obviously his condition had worsened in the past week.
This certainly leaves the Wolves with some big question marks for their future. Sam Mitchell has been named interim coach and Milt Newton has taken over managerial duties as the team's GM. It is very likely that they will continue in those roles this season, but the Wolves will most likely be going through another transition this offseason.
The Timberwolves lost an integral part of their rebuilding plan. People lost a friend, a husband, a father, a coach, a great NBA mind, and from all the great things you hear about Flip--an even greater man.
There's no doubt that everyone will be rooting for the Wolves to finally turn things around this season!
It has been a couple weeks since it was announced that Flip Saunders would miss (at least) part of the season after there were further complications with his treatment for Hogkins Lymphoma. As a result, assistant coach and former Coach of the Year (with Toronto) Sam Mitchell was named interim head coach.
It was announced today that Mitchell will almost definitely be head coach for the entire 2015-16 season because Saunders won't be returning to the court this season. Unfortunately, Saunders' situation has taken a turn for the worst and his condition is now life-threatening.
This means that while Mitchell handles the head coaching duties, general manager Milt Newton will handle the day-to-day operations as the boss in the front office.
Looking beyond this season is hard to do because a lot of Minnesota's future in head coach and the President of Basketball Operations depends on the status of Flip Saunders.
Training camp is underway and Minnesota's first game of the season is just around the corner, stay tuned for more.
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