Minnesota Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders Saunders announced in August that he was being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma. Photo taken at the Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game November 18, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

[ESPN.COM] – Flip Saunders, who tallied more than 1,000 victories over a 35-year coaching career that included successful stops with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons, died Sunday of cancer at age 60.

He also coached the Washington Wizards during a career that spanned 17 seasons as an NBA head coach and a 654-592 record.

Saunders announced in August that he was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Doctors considered it “very treatable and curable,” and Saunders at the time said he planned to remain the Timberwolves’ head coach and president of basketball operations. However, he was hospitalized following a setback in September, and it was announced Friday that Saunders would miss the entire 2015-16 season.

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