OAKLAND — Warriors star Stephen Curry had not heard NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s latest comments on the possibility of moving the 2017 All-Star game out of his native Charlotte.
Curry did address the matter for a third time since the so-called North Carolina “bathroom law” many believe target the LGBT community was passed last month, as it rules transgender people must use the bathroom based on the sex listed on the individual’s birth certificate.
“I know with the backlash the state has gotten, I’m pretty sure they have to handle their stance first,” Curry said Friday. “I’ve already kind of explained kind of how I feel about discrimination period. I think that’s not tolerable. Nowhere. And it just sucks that it’s in my home state, where there are a lot of great people there. The All-Star game hopefully being in Charlotte will be a huge thing for the city. I know the NBA will make the right decision when it comes time after North Carolina hopefully handles it.
NBA commissioner Adams Silver said Friday the league was “very concerned” about the “problematic” North Carolina law that it believes singles groups based on sexual orientation or gender identification.
No votes were taken at the league’s Board of Governors meeting about moving the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, but the owners were unanimous about standing against any form of discrimination and working to effect change in the state, according to Silver.
“I think that if we were to announce that we were moving our All-Star Game now, first of all, I’m not sure what incentive would be left for the legislatures in North Carolina to change the law if we announced that we were moving our game,” Silver told reporters.
“Ultimately our interest is in conducting a successful All-Star Game in North Carolina, having a team that can play in North Carolina, in a non-discriminatory environment.”
The NBA later clarified that Silver did not affirm the league would not move the game and that change would occur in a place where it does business and has deep ties.
“Of course Michael Jordan is not just the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, but he’s from North Carolina,” Silver said. “Chris Paul is from North Carolina. He’s the president of our Players’ Association. Steph Curry is from North Carolina. And so we are part of the community.”