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  • Shortly after his deserved win in one of the greatest Slam Dunk Contests of all time, 20-year old Zach LaVine decided to pay tribute to late Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president Flip Saunders in an Instagram post:

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    From the caption:

    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!

    There’s not much to add to this. As Zach noted, Saunders drafted LaVine after his somewhat nondescript freshman year at UCLA, and told him he could be an NBA-level starting point guard. He was patient with his rookie and clearly looking forward to a second year with the returning Dunk Contest champion prior to Flip’s passing following his battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma last October.

    LaVine, like quite a few of us, was lucky to have Flip Saunders in his life. For however

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  • In what was arguably the greatest NBA slam-dunk contest ever, Minnesota’s Zach LaVine prevailed on Saturday night after a one-on-one showdown with Orlando’s Aaron Gordon left the two just about out of perfect dunks to throw down.

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    We think. There’s a stadium full of people in Toronto that wouldn’t mind seeing the lights be turned back on, and another opportunity to see the guys go at it for another round.

    LaVine defended his 2015 dunk contest win with yet another stirring display that was no doubt spurred on by the presence of Gordon. The Magic forward likely would have been in last year’s contest had it not been for a left foot fracture that cut out a goodly chunk of his rookie season. Gordon pushed the defending and eventual champ to his limit, resulting in a record six consecutive perfect scores.

    (Denver’s Will Barton and Detroit’s Andre Drummond also participated.)

    Barton’s first-round entry wasn’t bad, and

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