Last night Zach LaVine took home the Dunk Contest, the second straight year that he's done so, with a barrage of slams that (officially) topped Aaron Gordon hurdling over the Magic's stupid mascot, going underneath his legs, and throwing it down. You can debate the outcome...if you want. But afterward LaVine took to his Instagram account to dedicate his trophy to the coach who drafted him with the 13th overall pick in 2014, the late Flip Saunders.
Next to a picture of the trophy paired with a Saunders commemorative jersey was the following caption from the Minnesota high-flyer:
"I dedicate this dunk contest and the trophy to my late coach, Flip Saunders and the Saunders family. He's the one that always believed in me and drafted me! We all loved Flip and his memory will live on forever! #loveyacoach #2016dunkchamp"
Saunders coached the Timberwolves, over two separate stints, for 11 years total. This past August he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, and passed away in October, right before the season. He was 60-years-old.
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