Flip Saunders Rumors
KAT: It’s amazing the veterans that we had, how Flip’s vision of having veterans not only included having very talented and Hall of Fame-ballot veterans, but having veterans that had great personalities. And their personalities meshed in completely well with ours, and that’s why we were so successful at getting better and progressing so quickly to the team that we wanted to be. Tayshaun, Andre Miller, KG…they meshed with us so well, personally, and in our lives and everything. Our locker room—other than Kentucky—was the best I’ve ever been a part of, and that’s a testament to Flip’s vision.
Q Did that make the next 4-5 months after that, with Flip’s untimely passing, harder for you maybe even more than some of the other guys on the team who didn’t know him as well? Tyus Jones: Me, personally, it did. I’ve known Flip since I was in high school. I had a good relationship with him. The fact that he still believed in me and to be a part of his team and be a point guard on his team, that meant a lot to me. For him to pass — he took a chance on me and made my dream a reality.
Zach LaVine: I dedicate this dunk contest and the trophy to my late coach, Flip Saunders and the Saunders family. He’s the one that always believed in me and drafted me! We all loved Flip and his memory will live on forever! #loveyacoach #2016dunkchamp