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Adam Silver Comments on Holding 2017 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a halftime ceremony retiring the number of former Atlanta Hawks' Dikembe Mutombo at an NBA basketball game between the Hawks and the Boston Celtics Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2016

As the controversial North Carolina law that permits discrimination against gay and transgender people remains a topic of conversation, the NBA still has not decided whether to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

Per Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday the North Carolina law is "problematic," but there was not a discussion at the owners' meetings about moving next year's All-Star festivities.

Silver went on to say the NBA is "against discrimination in any form" and that owners are unanimous in their opposition to the law, even though they did not vote about the game.

Expanding on that point, Silver noted the quandary of moving an All-Star Game out of North Carolina while the Charlotte Hornets continue to conduct business in the state:

Since the North Carolina anti-LGBT law bill passed in March, there have been calls for the NBA to move next year's All-Star Game out of the state. A bipartisan group of six senators published an open letter to Silver urging the NBA to take a strong stance:

We hold no ill-will towards the people of Charlotte, who passed an antidiscrimination measure that HB2 overturned, or towards the people of North Carolina. However, we cannot condone nor stand idly by as North Carolina moves to legalize and institutionalize discrimination against the LGBT community. Nor should the NBA allow its premier annual event to be hosted in such a state.

Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has also spoken out about the issue, urging the NBA to move the game out of North Carolina during an interview with CNN's Fredricka Whitfield (via Sports Illustrated).

The NBA is in a tough spot. North Carolina's law has certainly drawn its share of criticism around the country, and Silver's comments don't shut the door on moving the game. But, as the commissioner noted, many difficulties would accompany changing the location of a huge event like this.

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