Utah’s Snyder will coach Team LeBron in NBA All-Star Game

Published February 20, 2021, 9:41 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

Head Coach Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz looks on during the game against the Miami Heat on February 13, 2021 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Jeff Swinger / NBAE / Getty Images / AFP)

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and his staff will guide Team LeBron in the 70th NBA All-Star Game on March 7 in Atlanta, the league announced Friday.

Snyder earned the spot as coach of the team with the best record in the Western Conference through the games of next Sunday, a position the Jazz have already clinched with an NBA-best 24-5.

It’s Snyder’s first time as an All-Star head coach and the second time a Jazz coach was so honored after Frank Layden in 1984.

LeBron James had the most votes of any NBA player in fan balloting to earn the captaincy from the Western Conference while Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant will captain the other All-Star squad after topping all Eastern Conference vote-getters.

Team Durant will be coached by the coach of the team with the best Eastern Conference record as of Sunday, with Philadelphia leading at 19-10 but Brooklyn next at 19-12.

The Jazz are off to their best start in franchise history through 29 games with Snyder now 295-216 over seven seasons as coach of the Jazz, including four consecutive playoff appearances.