The untimely death of Minnesota Timberwolves coach, president of basketball operations and part owner, Flip Saunders, has affected everyone in the NBA community. But perhaps no single player, coach or executive was closer to the man than the first star he ever coached, Kevin Garnett.
Garnett and Flip both made their NBA debuts — KG as a forward, Flip as a head coach — in the 1995-96 season. Their relationship grew from there.
Garnett had a no-trade clause in his contract with the Brooklyn Nets last season. He had to waive it before his trade to Minnesota was brought to completion. That’s exactly what he did, primarily because Flip was back in charge.
So when word came out that Flip had passed away on Sunday, KG posted this pic to his Facebook page showing him sitting in Flip’s empty parking space with the caption, “Forever in my heart….”
Since seeing the post, we haven’t been able to hold back the tears.