San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will coach the Western Conference All-Stars next month in Toronto, it was announced Wednesday.
Luke Walton had the best record of any coach in the L so far this season, but his interim status (stupidly) makes him ineligible for the honor.
This will be Pop’s fourth time coaching at the midseason showcase.
From the press release:
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will coach the Western Conference All-Stars in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, to be televised by TNT at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14 from Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Interim head coach Luke Walton led the Golden State Warriors to a 39-4 record in the season’s first 43 games prior to the Jan. 22 return of head coach Steve Kerr. Despite Golden State holding the conference’s best record (41-4, .911), Kerr is ineligible for the coaching honor because he led last year’s West All-Stars.
Popovich’s Spurs (38-7, .844) have clinched the next best record in the Western Conference, earning the five-time NBA Champion his fourth nod as the head coach of the West.