Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Heat’s Erik Spoelstra to coach 2013 All-Star teams
By Ben Golliver
The NBA announced Sunday that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will coach the Western and Eastern Conference teams, respectively, in the 2013 All-Star Game at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17.
Popovich has previously coached the Western Conference in 2005 and 2011; this will mark Spoelstra’s first All-Star coaching opportunity. Two Spurs will be in the game: Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, both selected as Western Conference reserves. Three Heat players will represent the East: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were voted in by fans as starters while Chris Bosh was selected as a reserve.
Coaches for the All-Star Game are determined by the teams with the best record in games played through Feb. 3. Popovich’s Spurs are 38-11, good for the NBA’s best record. Spoelstra’s Heat hold the top record in the East at 30-14. Last year’s coaches — Scott Brooks of the Thunder and Tom Thibodeau of the Bulls — were not eligible to be selected, per league rules.
Popovich, 64, has coached four title-winning teams: 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Spoelstra, 42, won his first title as a head coach in 2012.