NBA Head Coach Receiving Treatment for Hodgkin's


Flip Saunders, head coach and president of operations of the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Tuesday that he has Hodgkin's lymphoma.

[Photo credit: Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune]

Saunders, who is being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN., also announced that he learned of the diagnosis several weeks ago and is in fact eight weeks into treatment for what his doctors say is a “very treatable and curable form” of the disease.

“I don’t think it will impact him at all,” Team owner Glen Taylor said, noting that Saunders hasn't missed any meetings. “We can work around his schedule.”

Saunders has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support he has received since making the announcement, tweeting that "the goodness of people should never be questioned.”

Saunders, 60, is set to begin his second season coaching the Timberwolves in the fall.

“I am taking it step by step and day by day to understand how to best manage this process,” he said. “I am attacking this with the same passion I do everything in my life, knowing this is a serious issue. I also know that God has prepared me for this battle.”

Source: Minneapolis Tribune

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