Stan Van Gundy On Flip Saunders: '(He) Was Universally Liked In The League'
Normally when you have great success in any field, you gain a few enemies, as unfair as that is.
That wasn’t the case for Flip Saunders, who had 427 career wins in the NBA and made the playoffs 11 times.
“Someone who I think was universally liked in the league and that’s a rare feat for someone who’s won a lot of games,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said.
“(He) was one of the most creative and innovative coaches in the time that I’ve been in the league. He’s a guy we’ve all learned a lot from in terms of offensive basketball. But what I really remember about Flip is he was always a guy in good spirits. Always a good friend to other coaches.”
"Flip Saunders was one of the most creative and innovative coaches in the time I've been in the League." - @DetroitPistons head coach Stan Van Gundy.
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 9, 2018
Saunders and Van Gundy were both head coaches in the league from 2003-2012 and again in 2014-15. Saunders’ friendship with Stan’s brother Jeff is well documented.
Flip Saunders Night will be on Thursday when the Wolves host the Lakers. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. Players will wear custom shoes honoring Flip and all fans in attendance will receive a commemorative coin, one of Flip’s trademarks during his time with the team.