Flip Saunders Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2015

FILE - This is a June 25, 2015, file photo showing Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders addressing the media during an NBA basketball news conference in Minneapolis. Saunders says he is being treated for cancer. Saunders announced Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, that he has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkin's lymphoma. He says his doctors are calling it
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Minnesota Timberwolves team president and head coach Flip Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma eight weeks ago and has been undergoing treatment since that time.

The team released the following statement Tuesday:

Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR

Statement from #Twolves head coach Flip Saunders regarding his health http://t.co/nlaPnd7Nlg

Saunders thanked fans for their support later in the day:

Flip Saunders @Flip_Saunders

The outpouring of support today has been overwhelming, has truly reminded me that the goodness of people should never be questioned.

Saunders returned to Minnesota as the head coach in 2014-15 after first coaching the squad from 1995 to 2005. He's also had coaching stints with the Detroit Pistons (2005-08) and the Washington Wizards (2009-12). For his career, he has a 654-592 record and has reached the postseason 11 times. 

In Minnesota, he has a young, exciting roster highlighted by last year's Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins; the top overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Karl-Anthony Towns; and point guard Ricky Rubio. Big things are expected for the future of the team, though in the present, the primary concern will be Saunders' health.


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