Thunder’s Scott Brooks earns spot as Western Conference coach for 2014 NBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK – Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks will coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game to be played on Sunday, Feb. 16, at New Orleans Arena.

The Thunder (36-10, .783) clinched the best record in the Western Conference through games played Feb. 2, by virtue of the Portland Trail Blazers’ loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 28. Frank Vogel and his Indiana Pacers coaching staff will lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars, as the Pacers clinched the best record in the conference by virtue of their 116-92 win over the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 14.

Brooks is in his sixth season at the helm for Oklahoma City, and owns a 270-157 (.632) career mark as Thunder head coach. He was the 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year. Brooks has coached one previous All-Star Game, leading the West to a 152-149 victory over the East in 2012.

Miami’s Erik Spoelstra and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich coached last year’s All-Star Game, making them ineligible for the honor this year.

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 (8 p.m. ET), televised exclusively on TNT and broadcast exclusively on ESPN Radio in the U.S. The All-Star Game will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.