The NBA has today come together to offer support and well-wishes for Flip Saunders after it was revealed the Minnesota Timberwolves head coach has been diagnoses with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
The Timberwolves announced the situation on Tuesday afternoon, revealing that Saunders was first diagnosed with the cancer eight weeks ago and has been undergoing chemotherapy ever since.
Saunders is coming off the back of his first season back as head coach of Minnesota and has almost 20 years experience coaching in the NBA.
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The statement, including words from Saunders himself, reads as follows:
The final line of the statement, revealing that Flip Saunders will continue on in his dual role as head coach and team president, is testament to the strength of the 60-year old.
Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer which specifically affects an individual's immune system, decreasing the body's ability to fight off infection.
The Timberwolves coach will perhaps take inspiration from an individual across the sporting divide in the NFL who appears to have made a full recovery from the same disease.
Kansas City Chiefs star Eric Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in December of 2014 but returned to football activities in July after being declared fully clear of the cancer after nine months of treatment.
With Saunders such a prominent figure in the NBA after so many years of service to the league it hasn't taken long for teams to pass on their support to the T'Wolves man.
The Sacramento Kings were amongst the first to send their well-wishes via social media: