Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz will coach the Western Conference entry in next month’s All-Star Game, sources told ESPN.
While the league has not officially announced that the game is occurring March 7, if it holds to its typical deadline of picking out the trainer of the group with the best album as of fourteen days before the match — that sources state the league plans to do — then Snyder officially wrapped up the honour with Utah’s win over the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel is ineligible to coach this season, having done so last year, while Monday’s win clinched Utah with a better record than the Clippers no matter what happens the rest of this week.
Snyder, 54, has piloted Utah to the NBA’s best record at 23-5, including wins in 19 of its last 20 games, entering tonight’s showdown with the LA Clippers in Los Angeles. Utah gets the league’s fourth-best offensive rating (116.6 points per 100 possessions), second-best defensive rating (107.4) and greatest net rating (plus-9.2). The Jazz are the only group that resides at the top five in both defensive and offensive rating, and also the Phoenix Suns will be the only other group that is at the top 10 in both categories (10th and 6th, respectively).
Snyder will be the first softball trainer to represent the West in the All-Star Game since Frank Layden at 1984. Unexpectedly, despite All his success at Utah, Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan never did in his more than two decades
76ers coach Doc Rivers is based on coach the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game for what could be the third time in his career, doing so in both 2008 and 2011 when he was training the Boston Celtics.
Philadelphia, despite dropping its last three games heading into Wednesday night’s home match against the Houston Rockets, still stays two games up in the loss column on the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. The Sixers will finish the week with the best record in the Eastern Conference no matter what those teams do whenever they are able to win two of the three remaining matches this week; they play Friday night against the Chicago Bulls in Philadelphia, and Sunday in Tampa, Florida, contrary to the Toronto Raptors.
The starters for next month’s All-Star Game will be announced Thursday night on TNT, was decided by a combination of fan voting (50 percent), press voting (25 percent) and player voting (25 percent). The seven reserve spots, which can be voted on by the coaches in each conference, will be declared Tuesday on TNT.
Unlike recent seasons, when the NBA has had the two top vote getters select teams from the pool of 22 staying All-Starsthe league is reverting to its East-West format this year. There has been no word yet regarding whether the league will return the”Elam Ending” format this year, once it debuted to much acclaim at last season’s game in Chicago.