Raycom News Network - (RNN) - Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders died Sunday after a battle with cancer.
The team announced his death Sunday afternoon. The news comes days after reports indicated he would not be on the sideline for the upcoming season.
Saunders had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in August, but it was thought his prognosis was good and he would be able to remain with the team. However, he took a leave of absence from the team in September when the disease worsened.
Saunders had coached the team from 1995 to 2005 and returned in 2013 as team president. He took over again as coach in 2014 when the team had the worst record in the NBA.
Saunders had help build a team full a young talent over the last two years, including the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2015.
Saunders also coached in Detroit and Washington and compiled a 654-592 record as an NBA coach.
Born Philip Daniel Saunders on Feb. 23, 1955 in Cleveland, OH, Saunders coached the NBA All-Star Game twice and led the Detroit Pistons to a franchise-record 64 wins in the 2005-06 season. He was fired following the 2007-08 season after the Pistons lost in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Saunders has four children.