By the time next Sunday's games are completed, we will know who will coach their respective conferences in the 62nd NBA All-Star Game.
The coach with the best record in his conference through next Sunday's games will coach on Feb. 17 at the Toyota Center in Houston.
We already know the Thunder's Scott Brooks will not coach the Western Conference, even though his team currently owns the league's best record at 34-10, nor will Chicago's Tom Thibodeau coach the Eastern Conference.
Coaches are not permitted to coach in consecutive All-Star Games, and Brooks' team edged Thibodeau's 152-149 last year in Orlando.
All-Star coaches do not double-dip as NBA Coach of the Year in the same season as frequently as you might assume.
Since NBA Coach of the Year was first awarded in 1963, only 16 times has an All-Star coach been named Coach of the Year that same season (see chart).
Suffice to say, the NBA likes to spread the Coach of the Year honor around.
Of the 50 times Coach of the Year has been awarded, there have been 41 different winners.
There have been 34 one-time winners, including Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach, who already had won five world titles before the award even existed.
Pat Riley and Don Nelson lead the pack as three-time winners, while Hubie Brown, Bill Fitch, Gene Shue, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Gregg Popovich have each won twice.
Phil Jackson claimed 11 world championships, but only once was tabbed Coach of the Year (1996 with Chicago).
Brooks won the award in 2010, and it's an achievement that still resonates because the Thunder has finished with a higher winning percentage every season he has coached — from .319 (22-47) as an interim coach in 2008-09, to .610 (50-32), to .671 (55-27), to .712 (47-19), to .773 this season.
This honor is reserved for coaches with teams that exceed expectations, overcome injuries or succeed with revamped rosters.
Rarely are coaches rewarded with teams where much is expected and much is achieved. This has been the case the last three seasons with OKC.
All-Star Game coaches who were selected NBA Coach of the Year the same season:
2009: Mike Brown (Cleveland)
2008: Byron Scott (New Orleans)
2006: Avery Johnson (Dallas)
2001: Larry Brown (Philadelphia)
1998: Larry Bird (Indiana)
1996: Phil Jackson (Chicago)
1994: Lenny Wilkens (Atlanta)
1993: Pat Riley (New York)
1992: Don Nelson (Golden State)
1990: Pat Riley (Los Angeles Lakers)
1984: Frank Layden (Utah)
1973: Tom Heinsohn (Boston)
1972: Bill Sharman (Los Angeles Lakers)
1970: Red Holzman (New York)
1969: Gene Shue (Baltimore)
1965: Red Auerbach (Boston)