Flip Saunders Rumors
“I made a promise to Flip Saunders that I would win and I would end the playoff drought, and I intend to do that and keep my promise,” Towns said. “So I think of all my years, I think last year was a great opportunity that we had. We were close, we weren’t close enough. But this year, it feels like the opportunity is really in the palm of our hand and we’ve just got to take it.”
Ricky Rubio: What we have in Minnesota is special and you don’t know that until you live there. You helped me to grow as a player, but more importantly as a person. I learned a lot, met incredible people who became part of my family and will always be in my heart…. especially you, Flip. I gave my best night after night. I’m sorry we couldn’t make the playoffs because you deserve it. I am grateful to the Timberwolves organization and all of my coaches, trainers and staff. Finally, I want to thank all of the amazing teammates I was fortunate to play alongside for the last 6 years. I wish nothing but the best for you guys.
The Flip Saunders Legacy Fund, established by the family of the late Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and head coach Flip Saunders, will make a donation of $6,000 to the Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Academy at the Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers game tonight. Debbie Saunders and Timberwolves Vice President of Communications Brad Ruiter will be on hand to present the check to the Academy at center court before tip-off.
“Both of us were on the bench, we started when Flip was here,” Dieng said. “We get to know each other. That’s how that two-man game start, with me and Zach. He was on the bench and wanted to play. I was, too. When we got in, I tried to get him the ball and he’d try to hit me.”
Somewhere between 80 and 100 people returned last weekend for another game, another cookout, another celebration of family and friendship. They came to try to continue the healing process, to move forward but never move on, following Flip’s death. “This was the hardest one,” said Debbie, Flip’s wife of 37 years. “I can’t believe I’m saying that without crying. But I think because we did it the way we always did, it is exactly how he would have wanted it.”