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D’Antoni and the Suns (34-8, .800) coaching staff earned the honor to coach the West as a result of their 112-107 win over the New York Knicks this evening at Madison Square Garden and the San Antonio Spurs 90-85 home loss to the Houston Rockets. The Suns have clinched the best winning percentage through games of Feb. 4 among eligible Western Conference teams for the All-Star coaching honors.
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. 4) played two weeks prior to the NBA All-Star Game. Dallas Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson is not eligible to coach in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game because he coached in last year’s All-Star Game.
D’Antoni, in his fourth season as head coach of the Suns, has led the team to a 171-96 (.640) record during his tenure, which trails only Paul Westphal (.685) in franchise history. The Suns, as they did in his first two full seasons at the helm, have the league’s top scoring offense. The recipient of the 2004-05 NBA Coach of the Year Award, D’Antoni has over three decades of pro basketball experience as a player, coach, front office executive and scout in the NBA, ABA and the Italian League. He is also an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team (2006-08).
In his first full season as head coach of the Suns in 2004-05, D’Antoni engineered the third largest turnaround in NBA history and directed the Suns to a franchise-tying 62 wins, a 33-game improvement from the 2003-04 season.
All-Star starters for both the Eastern and Western Conference will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 25, while the All-Star Reserves are set to be announced on Thursday, Feb. 1.
The NBA All-Star Game will broadcast live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide at 5 p.m. PT from Las Vegas.