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Adam Silver: If NBA moves 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, it’ll happen soon

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference

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The NBA has demurred and demurred and demurred and demurred on moving the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte due to North Carolina’s anti-gay laws.

That strategy can’t last.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via ASAP Sports:

We also discussed the situation in Charlotte, North Carolina, again, as to whether we will, in fact, be conducting the 2017 All-Star Game there. This is an issue that has been going on for several months now. In essence, Rick Buchanan, our general counsel, gave an update to the board on what happened in the most recent legislative session down in North Carolina, and the Hornets, of course, spoke to the issue as well. I’d only say we’re not prepared to make a decision today, but we recognize that the calendar is not our friend here and that February is quickly approaching, and especially in terms of big events like All-Star Games. If we are going to make alternative plans, we are going to need to do that relatively soon.

Silver has broadcasted pretty clearly that the game will be moved if the laws don’t change to the league’s satisfaction. If North Carolina values hosting this event -- and protecting the freedoms of its citizens -- the clock is ticking.