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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2014, file photo, West Team's Kevin Durant heads to the hoop against Team East's Chris Bosh, left, and Carmelo Anthony during the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans. The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, because the decision hasn't been announced. New Orleans replaces Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided last month that it wouldn't hold its marquee, mid-season event in North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. (AP Photo/Bob Donnan, Pool, File)

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game just moved to New Orleans



The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is moving... again.

The annual basketball exhibition game will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana after it was moved from North Carolina last month, the Associated Press reported Friday afternoon.

The relocation comes after the league decided the Charlotte Hornets would be an unfit host in light of North Carolina's controversial transgender bathroom bill, HB2, which prevents cities from enacting LGBT protections.

In a statement, the NBA defends its decision to relocate.

"While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

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