NEW YORK, Feb. 4 -- San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2005 NBA All-Star Game, to be played on Sunday, Feb. 20 at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.

Popovich and the Spurs (38-10, .792) coaching staff earned the honor to coach the Western Conference All-Stars as a result of their 103-91 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, Feb. 3 at STAPLES Center, clinching the best possible winning percentage in the Western Conference through games of Feb. 6, 2005.

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 (Feb. 6) played two weeks prior to the All-Star Game.

In his ninth season as head coach of the Spurs, Popovich is the first Spur named as coach of an NBA All-Star team. The Spurs have won two NBA Championships (1999, 2003) during Popovich’s tenure and he was named the 2003 NBA Coach of the Year. With a winning percentage of .664 (434-220) as a head coach, he ranks fourth all-time for coaches in winning percentage. His playoff career winning percentage of .609 (53-34) is the eighth best in NBA history.

Stan Van Gundy and the coaching staff from the Miami Heat (34-10, .708) will be on the sidelines guiding the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Van Gundy also represents the first Heat head coach to lead an NBA All-Star team.

All-Star starters for both the Eastern and Western conferences were announced Thursday evening while the All-Star Reserves will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

The NBA All-Star Game will be televised live nationally on TNT in the United States and on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada at 6 p.m. MT / 8 p.m. ET. Live audio broadcasts are available on ESPN Radio and on in multiple languages.