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Popovich to coach West All-Stars after Spurs' fine start

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich signals towards the court in the first half of Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff series against the Phoenix Suns in San Antonio, Texas May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Stone

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The San Antonio Spurs’ sparkling start to the season has earned Gregg Popovich the Western Conference coaching job in the February 20 All-Star Game, the NBA said on Tuesday.

The honor goes to the coach whose team leads the conference on February 6 and the Spurs, off to a 38-7 start, cannot be overtaken for top spot, the NBA said in a news release.

The Spurs are six games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference.

Popovich, in his 15th season as a head coach, is one of only five NBA coaches to win at least four league titles. The Spurs won NBA championships in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

The Eastern Conference coach is still to be determined. The Boston Celtics lead the Miami Heat by 2-1/2 games.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris