Yesterday, commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA announced their decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of the state’s refusal to rescind their House Bill 2 law. While no new site has been selected, the league is looking at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans as the new host.
A couple of people from within the league spoke out about the event, including Stephen Curry, a native of Charlotte, and Michael Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. In an interview with ESPN, Curry expressed his disappointment about how his city won’t be able to host one of the biggest weekends in sports, and how it’s an “unfortunate situation” for all involved.
When asked about what made it such a huge disappointment, Curry said he “knows how much it would’ve meant to the city to be able to host the greatest NBA guys and celebrate the game of basketball.”
Along with Curry, Michael Jordan and the Hornets organization released a statement regarding the league’s choice:
“We understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season. There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so. With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star Weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019. We want to thank the City of Charlotte and the business community for their backing throughout this entire process, starting with the initial bid. We are confident that they will be just as supportive and enthusiastic for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.”
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