Flip Saunders | Through The Years
May 3, 2013
Flip Saunders communicates with his players on the court during his first season with the Timberwolves in 1995. He is the franchises’ all-time winningest coach with 411 wins. Current coach Rick Adelman is second on the list.
Wally Szczerbiak gets congratulated by Saunders during an interview conducted by Tom Hanneman after a 2002 game against the Utah Jazz at Target Center.
Saunders reads to school children during the NBA’s Read To Achieve program at Target Center in 2001.
Saunders and guard Chauncey Billups visually go over the last play against Sacramento during a 2002 game at Target Center.
Saunders meets with the press after Game 3 of the 2002 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Dallas Mavericks at Target Center. Saunders led the Wolves to eight straight postseason appearances as coach.
Saunders addresses the crowd during a Timberwolves Fan Fair event at Target Center in October 2002.
A young fan balances a basketball on his finger with the help of Saunders during the 2003 Taste of the Timberwolves at Target Center.
Saunders talks to the media during a press conference before Game 1 of the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Actor Jack Nicholson talks with Saunders before Game 4 of the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals at Staples Center in L.A.
Latrell Sprewell presents his new jersey alongside Wolves vice president of basketball operations and general manager Kevin McHale and Saunders during his introductory press conference in 2003.
Kevin Garnett (middle right) sits along with Saunders (far left), McHale (middle left) and owner Glen Taylor (far right) during the announcement of Garnett’s contract extension in October 2003.
Saunders designs a play during a game against the Clippers during the 2003-04 season. It was the most successful year in team history, as Minnesota racked up 58 wins and was the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
From left, Garnett, Saunders and Sam Cassell pose for a portrait during the 2004 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
The Wolves huddle around Saunders during Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference Quarterfinals at Target Center on April 30, 2004.
Saunders talks to the media after defeating the Sacramento Kings in Game 7 of the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals, widely considered the most iconic win in Timberwolves franchise history. The Wolves beat Adelman’s Kings, 83-80, on May 19, 2004.
Saunders draws up a play during a preseason game against the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 19, 2004, in Indianapolis.
Saunders and Garnett celebrate after a 98-92 win over the Denver Nuggets at Target Center on Feb. 9, 2005.
Saunders talks to his team during a timeout during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 21, 1996. Visible in sight are Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury and Tom Gugliotta, three players who defined the Wolves’ turnaround as a franchise in the mid-1990s.
A fan shows her support for Saunders at Target Center during his return with the Detroit Pistons in 2006.
Garnett greets Saunders with a hug during their Jan. 24, 2006 meeting at Target Center. Saunders was in his first season with the Detroit Pistons and would lead them to three straight Eastern Conference Finals berths.