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NBA chooses New Orleans to host 2017 All-Star Game

All-Star Weekend is back in New Orleans after the NBA pulled out of Charlotte because of a discriminatory state law.

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The 2017 NBA All-Star Game has a new home. After pulling the game from Charlotte because of North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law, the league has decided to move All-Star Weekend to New Orleans. The plan was first reported by the Associated Press and has been confirmed by the league.

Here's the NBA's press release:

The league announced it would move the All-Star game from Charlotte in July, saying "We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by [the HB2 legislation]."

New York and Chicago were also reportedly under consideration to host All-Star festivities. The NBA family recognized this was a tough decision for the league to make, but supported the need to distance itself from discrimination:

The NBA took issue with North Carolina's House Bill 2, a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. Our Tom Ziller wrote about how the league was right to proceed with caution and ultimately pull the game Charlotte last month.

New Orleans also hosted the All-Star Game in 2008 and 2014.