NBA All-Star Game: Feb. 15 in Los Angeles
NEW YORK, Jan. 23 --
Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle
will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, to be played on Sunday, Feb. 15, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Rick Carlisle is in his first season with Indiana after two strong years in Detroit.|
Carlisle clinched the coaching honor after the Detroit Pistons' 80-79 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Friday night. Carlisle holds the tie-break advantage over Pistons head coach Larry Brown
Head coaches for the East and West All-Star teams are based on teams with the best winning percentage in each conference following the Sunday games played two weeks prior to the All-Star Game (Feb. 1).
The first tie-breaker goes to the coach who has not coached the game most recently. Carlisle has never served as head coach of an NBA All-Star team while Larry Brown last coached the NBA All-Star Game in 2001 in Washington, D.C. No head coach is allowed to participate in two consecutive All-Star Games, however, should an organization make a coaching change a team may be represented in two consecutive All-Star Games.
Carlisle is in his first season as head coach of the Pacers, after serving two years as head coach in Detroit, where he led the team to two Central Division championships and one Eastern Conference Finals appearance. Named Coach of the Year in 2002, Carlisle was the second NBA coach to record consecutive division titles and 50 wins in his first two seasons, following the Miami Heat's Pat Riley.
Carlisle was an assistant coach on Pacers' President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird's staff from 1997-2000, and began his coaching career with the New Jersey Nets in 1989 working under coaching legends Bill Fitch and Chuck Daly. He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach under P.J. Carlesimo in Portland before moving on to Indiana in 1997.
All-Star starters for both the Eastern and Western Conference will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 29 and the All-Star reserves will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
The 2004 NBA All-Star Game will be broadcast on TNT and NBA on ESPN RADIO on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.