Yahoo! Sports: The Lakers raised their record to a Western Conference-best 33-8 record at the halfway point of the season Wednesday night, earning Phil Jackson a coaching spot in the NBA All-Star game Feb. 15 in Phoenix.

It’s the fourth time Jackson has been an All-Star coach and first since 2000 — his first year with the Lakers. His previous two assignments were in 1992 and 1996 with the Chicago Bulls, when he coached the East in the midseason game.

The Lakers’ 108-97 victory over the Clippers means they’ve clinched at least a tie for the best record in the Western Conference through Feb. 1. The San Antonio Spurs are five games back at 28-13. Jackson earns the spot to coach the West All-Stars since San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich has coached an All-Star team more recently, in 2005.

Head coaches for the East and West All-Star teams are based on the best winning percentage in each conference. Last year’s coaches, Boston’s Doc Rivers and New Orleans’ Byron Scott, are not eligible.

The 63-year-old Jackson is in his ninth year as coach of the Lakers. He coached the Bulls for nine seasons, leading them to six championships. He has three with the Lakers, giving him nine overall and a tie with former Boston coach Red Auerbach for the record. Jackson had a record 193 postseason wins.

  • as1084

    who cares..there’s a reason phil didnt give a sh*t since 2000

  • imfasterthanur

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  • ade

    This might unite Kobe, Phil and Shaq together. Another episode coming up. Get ready laker fans.

  • Jake

    lol, I think G brought this up in the Podcast that Phil was about to coach SHAQ & KOBE again!

  • LakersFirst

    And of course, I’m sure there will be people here that will say that he’s a terrible coach, he only has rings because of MJ, Kobe and Shaq, he doesn’t deserve this. That’s all crap, this guy is probably the greatest coach of our time, 9 rings!! oh by the way, MJ, Kobe and Shaq and zero rings before PJ.

  • Remy

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    add to that, it’s also hard to coach superstars since they have their own path to achieve success

  • Jay_Jay_27

    Kobe, Shaq back together? Hopefully man that would be freakin dope man! Back to the old days, when both where unstopable!

    Laker 09 champs!!!!
    Cavs and Celtics aint got nothing on us!

  • xtro

    kobe, shaq, and phil. the triangle. back together again.

  • gugy

    Congrats PJ!

  • Nick Lachey USA

    Oh man! Kobe, Phil and Shaq! lol

  • west818

    LOL 3 LAKERS TO ALL-Star. KObe PHil and gasol(please i wish gasol is in the all star team.)

  • Imadogg

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    Gasol definitely has to make it