NBA: Heat's Erik Spoelstra to coach Team Durant in All-Star Game

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Posted at Feb 07 2022 09:43 AM

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra signals to players during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Scott Wachter, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra signals to players during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Scott Wachter, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his staff will coach Team Durant in the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 20 in Cleveland.

Spoelstra received the nod due to the Heat (34-20) having the best record in the Eastern Conference through Feb. 6.

The Chicago Bulls, coached by Billy Donovan, fell out of first in the East with a 119-108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. Chicago is 33-20.

Spoelstra will coach the team captained by Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant. This will mark his second All-Star coaching appearance. He also coached the East in 2013 when the Western Conference posted a 143-138 victory in Houston.

Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns was previously announced as coach of Team LeBron. The Suns own an NBA-best 42-10 record.

Team LeBron is captained by LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The two captains will pick teams via a draft on Thursday.