Spoelstra to head Eastern Conference All-Star team
Summary of 6 articles · Updated Feb 4, 2013
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, to be played on Sunday, Feb. The victory sends Spoelstra to his first All-Star Game as a head coach. Spoelstra, in his fifth season as Miami's head coach, led the Heat to its second NBA title last season. Spoelstra will not have many responsibilities during All-Star weekend, but it is his job to name a replacement starter for Rajon Rondo, the Celtics guard who recently tore a knee ligament and is out for the season. Miami’s 100-85 win over the Raptors in Toronto clinched the coaching duties for Spoelstra, as the Heat continued its mastery of the Raptors and moved a half-game ahead of the Knicks in the conference. The Heat clinched the best record in the conference through games played Feb. “Look, I’ve only given this thought for the last nine minutes, but I will tell you this, unequivocally, that my loyalties, first and foremost are always with the Miami Heat,” he said with a smile.
Mike Woodson can go ahead and keep his plans to travel to the Caribbean over All-Star Weekend. The Knicks coach on Sunday came up short in his bid to coach the East's All-Stars in Houston on Feb. 17, as Miami's Erik Spoelstra secured the spot with the H…