Like the NBA’s choice to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in response to HB2, it should come as no surprise that its teams and players support that decision.
The league has been lauded for its increasingly inclusive politics ever since the Donald Sterling fiasco of spring 2014. Adam Silver’s need to address North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ legislation with such force and the ensuing backing from the basketball world at large is just the latest indication that the NBA is the most progressive professional sports league in the world.
Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets, the only team directly affected by All-Star Weekend leaving North Carolina’s largest city, immediately released a statement supporting the league’s decision.
“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.”