Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders Reveals He's Battling Lymphoma

Flip Saunders, cancer

Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders Reveals He's Battling Lymphoma

Veteran NBA presence says form of cancer is "very treatable and curable."

Published August 11, 2015

Minnesota Timberwolves president and head coach Flip Saunders is battling Hodgkin lymphoma.

In a press release statement sent to the media Tuesday, the 60-year-old Saunders announced that he is undergoing chemotherapy for a "very treatable and curable form of cancer." He added that he plans to remain active as the T-Wolves' president and head coach while having treatment.

"I am taking it step by step and day by day to understand how to best manage this process," Saunders said in the statement, as reported by ESPN. "I want to thank [Wolves physician] Dr. [Sheldon] Burns as well as my medical team at Mayo Clinic for their hard work in diagnosing my situation and creating a plan to help me achieve a cancer-free outcome. I am attacking this with the same passion I do everything in my life, knowing this is a serious issue. I also know that God has prepared me to fight this battle."

Saunders was diagnosed in June and immediately started treatment. The T-Wolves finished with an NBA-worst 16-66 record in the 2014-15 season, enabling them to tab Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft. They also traded for the rights to land guard Tyus Jones in the draft as well.

Saunders has been coaching in the NBA since 1995.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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