Coach Gregg Popovich earns spot as coach of Western Conference All Stars

"Why me?" - USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 – San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, to be played on Sunday, Feb. 17 (8 p.m. ET), at the Toyota Center in Houston. This marks the third time Popovich has earned the honor, having also coached the West in the 2005 and 2011 games.

Popovich secured the distinction following San Antonio’s 102-78 win tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats, ensuring the Spurs (37-11, .771) will have the best record in the West through games played Feb. 3. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Scott Brooks was not eligible to coach in this year’s midseason classic by virtue of having coached the West team in last year’s game.

Popovich, in his 17th season as San Antonio’s head coach, has led the Spurs to four NBA championships

(1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007), and owns a 924-410 (.693) regular-season record. His 924 wins with the same team rank second all-time in NBA history behind Jerry Sloan (1,127). A two-time NBA Coach of the Year (2003 and 2012), Popovich is 1-1 in All-Star Game competition. He guided the West to a 148-143 win in the 2011 All-Star Game in Los Angeles, and was on the West sideline in Denver in 2005 when the East scored a 125-115 victory.

The East All-Star coach will be determined by the best record in the conference through games played Sunday, Feb. 3. The Chicago Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau coached the East squad last season and is therefore ineligible for the honor this year.

The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 (8 p.m. ET), televised exclusively on TNT and broadcast exclusively on ESPN Radio in the U.S. The All-Star Game will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages.

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