STrib: Flip Saunders still on minds of Wolves players


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Nov 11, 2008
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Big feature in the STrib on the former Gopher and all-time fan favorite:

Saunders died on a Sunday morning, less than five months after he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Three days after their coach died, the Wolves beat the Lakers in Los Angeles to open a schedule in which they carried his memory on their shoulders with a memorial uniform patch and more expressively in their hearts.

“When Flip passed away, it took me like two months to get back to normal,” Dieng said. “I couldn’t sleep. Sometimes I came to the game and I didn’t feel like playing. It was just a tough time for me. I feel like he gave me everything I’ve got today: He drafted me. He brought me here. He always fought for me to play.”

Go Gophers!!
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