San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was named to guide the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game for the fourth time, the league announced Wednesday.
Popovich led the Spurs to a 38-7 record, second in the West. Interim head coach Luke Walton guided the Golden State Warriors to a league-best 41-3 mark before Steve Kerr returned Monday from off-season back surgeries.
But Kerr is ineligible because he skippered last season's mid-season showcase, and no coach is allowed to participate in back-to-back all-star games, so the honour fell to Popovich.
Had Kerr not returned over the weekend, the NBA had signaled its intention to allow Walton to coach the West squad.
The 65th NBA All-Star Game will be played February 14 in Toronto.