Via the Orlando Magic:
Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy will serve as coach for the Eastern Conference at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
With the Magic’s victory at Detroit on Sunday night, Orlando clinched the second-best record in the Eastern Conference through Jan. 31 at 32-16 (.667). Cleveland’s Mike Brown coached the East in last year’s game and is not eligible for the honor this season. Van Gundy also served as coach for the Eastern Conference at the 2005 NBA All-Star Game, where he led the East to a 10-point win.
It's no secret that the head coach for the Orlando Magic would prefer to have the All-Star break off but as Dwight Howard stated on Saturday when the team defeated the Atlanta Hawks, it'd be "hilarious" if Stan Van Gundy coached the Eastern Conference in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.
The dream has turned into a reality.
I know that some people are disappointed that the 2010 Slam Dunk Contest won't feature Dwight Howard or LeBron James and a player tailor-made for the All-Star game, Josh Smith, won't make an appearance barring a last-minute replacement. But have no fear, Van Gundy is here.
What better person than Van Gundy to entertain the media and others at All-Star weekend in Dallas? Getcha audio recorders and video cameras ready.