FILE – In this March 22, 2011, file photo, Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders shouts at an official in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. Saunders, the longtime NBA coach who won more than 650 games in nearly two decades and was trying to rebuild the Minnesota Timberwolves as team president, coach and part owner, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, the team said. He was 60. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on ESPN.com's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.