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FILE - In this June 23, 2015, file photo, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, left, and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, right, pose for a photo during a news conference to announce Charlotte, N.C., as the site of the 2017 NBA All-Star basketball game. The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

NBA pulls All-Star game from North Carolina due to transgender bathroom bill



The National Basketball Association told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical it plans to pull its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, due to the state's law targeting the LGBT community. 

Sources said the game could be moved to New Orleans' Smoothie King Center. New Orleans hosted the All-Star Game in 2008 and 2014. For now, there are still other cities trying to attract the All-Star Game and its cash cow to their city, sources said.

The NBA is expected to make a formal announcement about the withdrawal sometime this week. 

NBA stars like Kevin Durant were soon chiming in. 

Previously, NBA commissioner Adam Silver had threatened to pull the All-Star Game from Charlotte because of North Carolina's House Bill 2.

The law says transgender individuals must use public restrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates and not their gender identity. 

According to The Vertical,  losing the All-Star Game could have a significant economic impact on the region. 

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