Wednesday January 27th, 2016

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will coach the Western Conference in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced on Wednesday. 

Usually, the coach of the team with the best record in each conference two weeks prior to the game is named the All-Star coach. Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors currently hold the NBA’s best record (41–4). However, a coach cannot coach an All-Star team in consecutive seasons, which eliminated Kerr from consideration.

Interim coach Luke Walton coached the Warriors to a 39–4 record while Kerr recovered from offseason back surgery, but the wins officially counted towards Kerr’s record. Walton won coach of the month for October/November.

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The Spurs currently have the second-best record in the league at 38–7. This will be Popovich’s fourth time coaching the West in the All-Star Game. 

The All-Star Game will be held at the Air Canada Centre on Feb. 14. 


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