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!