Silver calls Char­lotte All-Star game a pri­or­ity

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

NBA Com­mis­sioner Adam Silver says re­turn­ing the All-Star game to Char­lotte in 2019 is “a high pri­or­ity,” pro­vid­ing there’s a res­o­lu­tion to a North Carolina law that re­stricts the rights of LGBT peo­ple.

NBA Com­mis­sioner Adam Silver said Tues­day that re­turn­ing the All-Star Game to Char­lotte in 2019 is “a high pri­or­ity,” pro­vided there’s a res­o­lu­tion to a North Carolina law that re­stricts the rights of LGBT peo­ple.

The NBA re­cently de­cided to move the 2017 All-Star Game to New Or­leans be­cause it didn’t be­lieve it could suc­cess­fully host the All-Star Game and re­lated events in Char­lotte un­der the cli­mate cre­ated by the law known as House Bill 2. Los An­ge­les hosts the game in 2018.

Silver spoke fol­low­ing a cer­e­mony in Char­lotte in which Hor­nets owner Michael Jor­dan unveiled the first of three re­fur­bished neigh­bor­hood bas­ket­ball courts.

“We were in an un­for­tu­nate po­si­tion that we were mov­ing the game, 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 said.

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