Timberwolves give Saunders' name a place among rafters

NBA.com Global on Feb 16, 2018 10:42 PM
Timberwolves give Saunders' name a place among rafters
A banner honoring the late Flip Saunders is displayed prior to an NBA basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. Saunders was the head of basketball operations and head coach of the Timberwolves at the time of his death. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Flip Saunders' place in Minnesota Timberwolves history will never be disputed now that his name is where everyone can see it.

The franchise honored their long-time head coach and general manager on Thursday night by raising a banner bearing the name "Flip" to the rafters. Former Timberwolves play-by-play man Kevin Harlan announced the proceedings, which were held in honor of the only coach to guide Minnesota to a winning record and postseason play.

Saunders passed away on Oct. 25, 2015 after battling Hodgkin's lymphoma. Between two stints with the franchise, he is connected to nearly every significant player in Timberwolves history, including former All-NBA forward Kevin Garnett and current All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns.

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