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article imageNBA: Spurs Popovich to coach Western Conference All-Stars

By Lynn Herrmann     Jan 25, 2011 in Sports
San Antonio - As a result of the San Antonio Spurs victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gets the nod to coach the Western Conference All-Stars in the NBA All-Star Game scheduled for February 20 in Los Angeles.
The Spurs 113-102 victory over the Warriors improved their record to 38-7, clinching the best conference record through all games played through February 6.
Popovich’s record at the beginning of the season was 736-362, a win percentage of .670 that ranks as fourth best in NBA history, according to NBA.com. The Spurs record this season will do nothing to tarnish that percentage, as the team has had the league’s best record through most of the season thus far.
Under Popovich, the Spurs have won four NBA titles (1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007), making him one of just five head coaches to have won four championships. His teams’ career playoff wins of 106 are third-best in league history.
Tim Duncan, seeking a 13th consecutive All-Star appearance, is happy about the prospect of his head coach working during the All-Star break, and with tongue-in-cheek, said: “He’s excited about it.. He’s been talking all season about how he wants to make sure he gets that position. So I’m excited for him,” the San Antonio Express News reports.
Popovich previously coached the All-Stars during the Spurs 2005 championship season and a running joke in San Antonio circles is that he would throw games to avoid any future opportunities to do so again. For the record, according to mySA, he calls it “a great honor” to do it again.
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