Flip Saunders will coach 2006 East All-Star team
Detroit Pistons head coach Flip Saunders will
coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, to
be played on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
Saunders and the Pistonsí (31-5, .861) coaching staff earned the honor to
coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars as a result of Detroitís 117-89
defeat this evening of the Atlanta Hawks and Clevelandís (20-16, .556)
90-89 loss to the Denver Nuggets, clinching the best possible winning
percentage in the Eastern Conference through games of Feb. 5, 2006.
Head coaches for the East and West All-Star teams are based on teams with
the best winning percentage in each conference following the Sunday games
(Feb. 5) played two weeks prior to the All-Star Game.
Having coached the Western Conference All-Star team in 2004, Saunders
becomes the sixth coach (Larry Brown, Alex Hannum, Phil Jackson, Pat Riley
and Lenny Wilkens) in NBA All-Star history to coach both the Eastern
Conference and Western Conference All-Star team. In his first season as
head coach of Detroit, Saunders has earned Coach of the Month honors for
the months of November and December.
All-Star starters for both the Eastern and Western Conference will be
announced on Feb. 2 and the All-Star Reserves will be announced on Feb. 9.
The NBA All-Star Game will be televised live nationally on TNT in the
United States and on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada at 7 p.m. CT/ 8 p.m. ET.
Live audio broadcasts are available on ESPN Radio and on NBA.com in