Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks will coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, to be played on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Amway Center in Orlando.
With Oklahoma City’s 101-87 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday, the Thunder (21-6, .778) has clinched the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 15.
Brooks earned Western Conference Coach of the Month honors for games played in December/January, and his team owns a 9-1 mark at home.
Brooks has helped a great turn around since becoming the coach of the Thunder. After starting 1-12, Sam Presti fired then coach P.J. Carlesimo. In stepped a rookie coach, Brooks, and there were still struggles, but there were signs of improvement. He finished 29-40 his first season.
Brooks has led the Thunder to back-to-back playoff appearances (2010, 2011) for the first time since 1997 and 1998. Brooks, the 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year, owns a 148 -112 (.569) career record as a head coach.
That makes three from the Oklahoma City franchise that will be in the All-Star game. Kevin Durant was selected as a starter by the fans earlier this month. It was Durant’s third consecutive selection, second straight as a starter. Russell Westbrook was selected as a reserve for the second straight year by the coaches.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!