Apparently the NBA wasn't bluffing. On Thursday afternoon, news quickly spread that the NBA will not hold the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte as planned. The NBA plans on moving the game, and North Carolina residents have their state's House Bill No. 2 to blame.
The news was first broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Yahoo! Sports, who wrote:
"Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical."
New Orleans is being looked at as a replacement host, although other cities are interested as well.
The news is a blow to those within the Hornets' organization, which was hosting the league's All-Star Game for the first time since 1991.
Adding insult to injury is the fact that the game may go to New Orleans, the city that stole the original Hornets franchise (and later changed it to the Pelicans).
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