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NBA coaches will wear lapel pin honoring Flip Saunders

Flip Saunders

Flip Saunders

AP

The passing of Flip Saunders on Sunday caught the NBA off-guard. From his players, other coaches, other front office staffs around the league came stories with the universal theme of him being one of the good guys (and that was my experience in limited interactions with him).

This season his fellow NBA coaches will honor his memory in games, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

That’s a nice nod by the coaches to a fallen colleague.

What people around the league can do that would be even more appropriate is make a donation to cancer research (he died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma) and help us move a step closer to wiping that disease off the list killers in this nation (and around the world). It has robbed us of too many people who were too young.