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Report: New Orleans replaces Charlotte for 2017 All-Star Game

Eastern Conference guard Kyrie Irving (2) of the Cleveland Cavaliers brings the ball up court during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. The NBA has cancelled plans to hold its 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C., over state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, according to a report July 21. USA TODAY Sports/Bob Donnan

The NBA has reportedly chosen New Orleans to replace Charlotte for the 2017 All-Star Game.

A source told the Associated Press on Friday of the league's decision on the condition of anonymity.

The NBA last month announced it was pulling the 2017 marquee midseason event out of Charlotte in response to the league's objection to North Carolina House Bill 2, a state law that mandates transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver had threatened for months to move the All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte unless the law aimed at the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was changed.

"Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change," the NBA said in a statement on July 21. "We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view. Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community—current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans."

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards had lobbied the NBA to bring the All-Star Game to New Orleans for a third time.

"We embrace our rich cultural heritage and see our diversity as a virtue," Edwards wrote in a letter to Silver in late July. "Should the NBA choose to bring the All-Star Game back to New Orleans in 2017, it will strongly reaffirm its commitment to communities that value fairness and inclusion."

New Orleans, which became an NBA city for the second time in 2002, also hosted the All-Star Game in 2008 and 2014.

Chicago, New York and Brooklyn were reported to be in the running to host the 2017 event.

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