Timberwolves to honor late coach Saunders

Longtime NBA coach Flip Saunders talks with Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett last season. Saunders passed away in 2015 at age 60.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will honor late ex-coach Flip Saunders, a former Ohio Mr. Basketball, with “Flip Saunders Night” on Thursday at the Target Center.

Saunders died of Hodgkins lymphoma in October 2015 at the age of 60.

Per the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Fans attending “Flip Saunders Night” will see the ceremony, the lifting of a banner in his honor and will receive a commemorative coin; Saunders used to make a coin for each season, giving it to players, members of the organization and fans. Special sneakers created for each player will be auctioned off postgame to benefit the Flip Saunders Legacy Fund.

Saunders was born in Cleveland and was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball in 1973 as a senior at Cuyahoga Heights High School. He later teamed up with the likes of Kevin McHale, Ray Williams and Mychal Thompson at the University of Minnesota.

He began his coaching career at Golden Valley Lutheran College in 1977, before moving to the old Continental Basketball Association. He coached the Timberwolves for a total of two stints and 11 years.

He also served as head coach of the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.

The Timberwolves host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday in their final game before the All-Star break. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST.