Joining Frank Vogel in NOLA will be OKC Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, the NBA announced on Wednesday. Brooks will lead from the bench for the Western Conference All-Star squad. From the press release:
The Thunder (36-10, .783) clinched the best record in the Western Conference through games played Feb. 2, by virtue of the Portland Trail Blazers’ loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 28. Frank Vogel and his Indiana Pacers coaching staff will lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars, as the Pacers clinched the best record in the conference by virtue of their 116-92 win over the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 14.
Brooks is in his sixth season at the helm for Oklahoma City, and owns a 270-157 (.632) career mark as Thunder head coach. He was the 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year. Brooks has coached one previous All-Star Game, leading the West to a 152-149 victory over the East in 2012.
Miami’s Erik Spoelstra and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich coached last year’s All-Star Game, making them ineligible for the honor this year.