Wolves will raise a banner for Flip Saunders Thursday night

Fans will receive a special coin and players will wear Flip-inspired sneakers.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Thursday night's Wolves-Lakers game at Target Center is all about Flip Saunders. 

It's been more than two years since Saunders died after a battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and now the Wolves will honor him from start to finish Thursday night, starting with the raising of a banner in his name during a pregame ceremony. 

"Flip meant so much to our organization as a coach, but he meant so much more to all of us as a friend," Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “His impact on our organization and what he meant to the Minnesota basketball community is something that will always be with us."

"It is appropriate that we honor the man who meant so much to us with of a banner in our home arena that will forever fortify his memory.” 

In addition to the banner, every fan at the game will receive a commemorative coin, an ode to the coins Saunders used to give players and staff before the start of each season. 

Players will be wearing custom sneakers inspired by Saunders. 

The sneakers were created by custom designer Kickstradamis and will be auctioned off during the game with proceeds going to the Flip Saunders Legacy Fund

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the pregame ceremony begins at 7:15 p.m. The game tips off just after 8 p.m. 

Next Up

Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph sends farewell to Vikings fans in Players Tribune piece

"Every season I played here, every game I played here — you all believed."

Megan Ryan

Star Tribune's Megan Ryan named new Twins beat reporter

Ryan replaces LaVelle E. Neal who is now in a columnist role.

minnetonka MME

Minnetonka in spotlight after teacher threatened for discussing Black trans woman

Parents and community members are calling on the district to do better and will hold a march prior to the school board meeting on Thursday.

Richard Pitino

Talk grows that this season will be Pitino's last at Gophers

A report says Pitino's tenure could be "down to his final games."

Screen Shot 2021-03-02 at 1.40.17 PM

Two gas trucks collide in Stearns County, neither explodes

The unlikely collision happened Monday afternoon.

unnamed (1)

MSP Airport expecting spring break to be busiest period since pandemic began

Passenger numbers will still be about a third lower than a year ago, though.

Target store

After bumper earnings, Target will accelerate new store openings

The retailer has revealed its plans for the next few years, which includes an investment in Minneapolis.

starbucks wayzata

100% plant-based restaurant coming to Wayzata this spring

The restaurant has plans to add additional locations in Minnesota this summer and franchise nationwide.

Patric Richardson

'Laundry Evangelist' from St. Paul gets his own Discovery+ show

Patric Richardson has built a career around the appreciation and care of clothing.

Related

Ryan Saunders

Watch: Ryan Saunders gets emotional talking about his dad

The 33-year-old son of the late Flip Saunders is the Wolves head coach.