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On February 17, Erik Spoelstra will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the NBA All-Star weekend. He will be facing San Antonio’s head coach, Greg Popovich, and the Western Conference All-Stars.
The head coach who has the best overall record in each conference, is awarded the privilege of coaching the all-stars of that particular conference.
The Miami Heat, with a victory over the Toronto Raptors, sealed the deal for Spoelstra by edging out the New York Knicks. According to the Miami Herald Spoelstra said in regard to the position, “First and foremost, we’re happy we have the No. 1 spot in a very competitive Eastern Conference. We’ve been talking about a championship hangover and things of that nature. …We’re starting to play better basketball in the last three or four weeks, so it is an honor to the staff and a big-time credit to the players.”
Spoelstra will be joining his superstars, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Houston, and the players couldn’t be happier for him. When James was interviewed, the Associated Press reports that he said, ''It's awesome. It's a testament to our coaches' preparedness. As players we go out there and just try to execute their game plan. We're happy for them.''