NEW YORK — Just three games in and Tyronn Lue is already an All-Star coach.
The new Cleveland coach and former Raytown High School basketball player will lead the Eastern Conference at next month’s NBA All-Star Game, clinching the spot following the Cavaliers’ 115-93 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday.
The coaches for the Feb. 14 game in Toronto are determined by the teams with the best record in each conference two weeks before the game.
Lue is 2-1 since replacing David Blatt, who was fired despite the Cavaliers leading the East with a 30-11 record. Their 32-12 mark guarantees they will have the best winning percentage in the conference through Sunday.
San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich will lead the West. Golden State has a better record, but Steve Kerr is ineligible after coaching last year.