Spurs' Popovich to coach West in NBA All-Star Game

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 21: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs reacts on the bench during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 21, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) San Antonio's Gregg Popovich will coach the NBA's West All-Stars, though Golden State has the best record in the conference.

With the Warriors' Steve Kerr ineligible because he coached last year, Popovich earned the nod as West coach for the fourth time.

Luke Walton led the Warriors to a record-setting start before Kerr returned from back surgery last week. However, NBA rules state that all Walton's victories earned on an interim basis actually go to Kerr, and league rules prevent coaches from participating in two consecutive All-Star games.

The league said recently it was reviewing its policy to determine if Walton would still be eligible for the All-Star spot, but announced Wednesday that it would be Popovich, who has won five NBA championships.

The All-Star Game is Feb. 14 in Toronto.