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A sampling of reaction to Flip Saunders' death

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Moment of silence for Flip Saunders
A moment of silence was observed at Williams Arena in Minneapolis before a team scrimmage Sunday after news of the passing of former Gophers player Flip Saunders.
Carlos Gonzalez | Star Tribune via AP

Reactions to the death of Minnesota Timberwolves president, coach and minority owner Flip Saunders:

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

"The NBA family is mourning today over the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Flip Saunders. With more than 40 years around the game, 20 of them in the NBA, Flip's untimely passing has left a gaping hole in the fabric of our league. Flip was a beloved figure around the NBA, nowhere more so than in Minnesota, demonstrating a genuine and consistent passion for his players, his team and the game. On behalf of the NBA, we offer our most sincere condolences to Flip's wife, Debbie, their four children and the entire Minnesota Timberwolves organization." 

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton

"The Timberwolves have lost a brilliant leader, and Minnesota has lost an outstanding citizen. I extend my deepest condolences to Flip's team, family, and friends." 

Detroit Pistons

"It is with tremendous sorrow that the Detroit Pistons organization acknowledges the passing of Flip Saunders. He will be remembered by Pistons fans as one of the franchise's most successful head coaches - leading the club to three consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances and a franchise-record 64 wins in 2005-06. Flip was a great ambassador for the Metro Detroit community and had a positive influence on those who had the opportunity to spend time with him. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Debbie, his children Ryan, Mindy, Rachel, Kimberly and all his friends throughout the extended Detroit Pistons and NBA family." 

Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio

"He was all smiles passionate and really loved this game. He gave everything to the Timberwolves and did amazing things for us. He was our leader. Really gonna miss you coach. RestInPeace Flip." 

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns

"I've been thinking for 30 minutes of what to say but words can't describe how special and important Coach Saunders was to me. I want to thank you coach for giving me the opportunity to play in the NBA and achieve my dream. I know the man above has a special place for you in his kingdom and this world, this league, this family will never be the same. I love you coach and I'm going to miss you so so much." 

Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones

"Coach Flip made my dream a reality. He believed in me. I am forever thankful to him for that. We all love you and will miss you." -- 

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James

"My condolences to the Saunders and @Timberwolves family! Lost a great person in our fraternity way to early." 

Former Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson

"Couldn't have asked for a better neighbor. Loved his family like no other. Prayers out for his wife Debbie and the kids. Awful." 

Music producer Jimmy "Jam" Harris

"Sending prayers to the family of @Timberwolves Flip Saunders. Tremendous loss... gone too soon."