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.
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.