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By Estela Reyes
Originally planned to take place in North Carolina for its active transgender restroom law, the annual 67th NBA All-Star Game was moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to protest a state law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This law was passed last March and bars transgender people from using bathrooms in public buildings that do not correspond with their birth gender. After the change of venue was announced by the NBA, Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina issued a statement, “the sports and entertainment elite among others had misrepresented our laws and maligned our people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers without the opposite sex present.” This is the first major sporting event in the U.S to be relocated for political reasons.
This year’s All-Star Game featured some of the best and brightest stars in the game today. Fans were eager to see Westbrook on the floor with former teammate Kevin Durant. All-Star Weekend is one of the most lucrative events of the year for the league. In addition to the game, the league arranges three days full of activities for fans. There is a separate game for the league’s rising stars, a dunk contest, and a 3 point contest. Ultimately, the Western Conference took the victory, 192-182. Hometown hero Anthony Davis set an All-Star record with 52 points and 10 rebounds. Davis was not the only star player to shine, Russell Westbrook fell one point shy of reaching Wilt