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

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 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)