Gregg Popovich Named Western Conference Coach of the Month

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SAN ANTONIO (March 1, 2012) – The San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich and the Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra today were named the NBA Western and Eastern Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

Popovich guided the Spurs to an 11-2 (.846) record in February, including an 8-1 mark on their annual rodeo road trip. San Antonio’s 8-1 record on the road for the month matches its best rodeo road trip (8-1 in 2003) since the team moved into the AT&T Center in 2002. San Antonio posted an 11-game winning streak from Jan. 30 thru Feb.21, the longest streak in the NBA this season. During that stretch San Antonio posted home wins over Houston and Oklahoma City and at Memphis, Philadelphia, the L.A Clippers and Denver.

This marks the 13th time that Popovich has been named the NBA’s Coach of the Month. He is the only coach in NBA history to have won the award 13 times surpassing Pat Riley who won the award on 12 occasions. The NBA’s Coach of the Month award first started in the 1982-83 season and later split into the Western and Eastern Conference awards beginning in the 2002-03 season.