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Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

All-Star coaches savor opportunity


ORLANDO, Florida — The two first-time coaches in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game enjoyed the experience. It just was a lot different than their usual nights on the sideline.

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks, who helped the Western Conference to a 152-149 victory over the East, joked he was concerned about his team's depth coming into the game.

"I had a great opportunity. I played in this league for over a decade, but never, ever, ever — and rightfully so — was in an All-Star locker room," Brooks said. "It was a great honor."

For Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, losing wasn't as painful as it usually is.

When Thibodeau was asked what he told his team at halftime after it allowed 89 points, he laughed.

"You put that many great players on the floor — you're in a bind on almost every possession," Thibodeau said.

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