Gregg Popovich to Coach Western Conference in 2016 NBA All-Star Game

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2016

SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 11:  Head Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 11, 2015 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photos by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has been named the head coach for the Western Conference in this year's All-Star Game, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. 

Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors was ineligible to coach the team this season because he coached the Western Conference All-Stars last year, according to Spears.  

Kerr was credited for the team's first 39 wins this season despite missing the games to recover from two offseason back surgeries. He returned Friday, which bumped interim coach Luke Walton back to his assistant coach role. 

Popovich, 66, has led the Spurs to a 38-7 record this season, the second-best mark in the NBA behind only the Warriors' (41-4). Popovich, who has guided the Spurs to five titles since taking over as the head coach in 1996, will be coaching in his fourth All-Star Game.

Popovich has done another masterful job this season, overseeing the organization's transition from Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker as the dominant forces on the roster to forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way.

Popovich's ability to adapt to the game over the years has kept him atop the coaching ranks for the last two decades. He is known for building depth, resting his veteran players to keep his team fresh in preparation for deep postseason runs and, of course, having one of the game's sharpest tactical minds.

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