Pistons' Saunders to coach East All-Stars

Updated: January 19, 2006, 11:04 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Flip Saunders of the Detroit Pistons will coach the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game Feb. 19 in Houston.

Coaches for the East and West squads are determined based on teams with the best winning percentage in each conference after the games of Feb. 5.

The Pistons (31-5) were assured of having the best record in the East with a victory over Atlanta coupled with Cleveland's loss to Denver on Wednesday.

Saunders's staff will join him as assistants.

The coach of the West squad has not been determined.

Starters for both teams will be announced Feb. 2; reserves will be announced Feb. 9.

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