Adam Silver Comments on Potentially Playing 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte

October 18th, 2016 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that awarding the 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte, North Carolina, was a "high priority" provided necessary changes are made to the state's HB2 legislation.

"We were in an unfortunate position that we were moving the game," Silver told reporters in Charlotte, "so, for me, it is a high priority given the investments in the arena, given the investments in the team that Michael and his ownership group has made and the city and state have made in the Hornets."

Silver was making an appearance alongside Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who unveiled a refurbished neighborhood basketball court.

The city, which was slated to host the 2017 All-Star Game, was stripped of the honor in July because of legislation that's seen as discriminatory toward LGBT groups. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill in March that required citizens to use restrooms of the gender listed on their birth certificates. The legislation also featured a series of other provisions seen as potentially detrimental or outright discriminatory toward minority groups.

While McCrory made some alterations to the bill in July—in p ...

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