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New Orleans and their growing relationship with the All-Star weekend

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After months of deliberation, the NBA has finally decided to pull the plug on Charlotte as the host of the 2017 All-Star weekend. The HB2 bathroom bill has caused much controversy and a number of factors have left the association and its commissioner Adam Silver with no choice but to seek a new host for February's week-long celebration of the best basketball players on the planet.

It isn't all doom and gloom for North Carolina however, as Charlotte will play host in 2019 provided there 'is an appropriate resolution' to the current issues. In the short term, the attention turns to finding a new host for the next installment of the showpiece event, and it seems New Orleans is the favourite.

It would be the third time in nine years that the Louisiana city welcomes the best of the best as the Smoothie King Center was the preferred venue in 2008 and 2014. The city has a rich history with the weekend, here are some of the best moments.

2008 

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 devastated the Louisiana area - among other places in the Americas - as the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in United States history wreaked havoc. It claimed the life of at least 1,245 and completely wiped out the city of New Orleans, forcing both the then-Hornets and the NFL's Saints to relocate for some time.

The 2008 All-Star game marked the first the first major sporting event - outside of regular season games - to be hosted in the city and it provided people in the city with some hope as they still came to terms with the terrible events three years prior.

2008 NBA All-Star Game

The event saw a young Chris Paul and David West represent the Hornets for the Western Conference, who lost 134-128 to the east as Dwyane Wade won the MVP award, while New Orleans-born musicians Christian Scott and Dr. John were among a number of Louisiana natives and American superstars to perform.

Clyde Drexler

The best product the city of New Orleans has ever produced in the world of basketball. The 1995 champion became a regular at All-Star weekend and attended the event ten times during his 15-year playing career.

His famous number 22 was retired by both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets, he remains the Blazers' all-time top scorer and was an eight-time All-Star with his first franchise before being selected twice while with the Rockets.

Clyde Drexler watches the game

It wasn't until his sixth appearance that has was a starter, dropping 22 points, pulling down nine rebounds and providing six assists as the west destroyed their opponents by 40 points. Drexler is the pride of New Orleans and he never let them down on the big stage.

Anthony Davis

The adopted son of New Orleans, the future and present of the Pelicans, the poster boy of the NBA. He has it all. Having been drafted by the organisation with the first pick of 2012, he has already been selected to three All-Star games - being a starter in 2015.

Unfortunately for the forward, he was forced to pull out through injury - also missing the Shooting Stars competition. He was able to play in Toronto this year and posted 24 points from an incredible 12-13 field goal rate as the west annihilated the east.

The future is bright for Davis and he will continue to represent the Pelicans to the fullest. He is likely to compete on his own court next season if it all goes to plan.

NBA All-Star Game 2016

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Charlotte Hornets
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
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New Orleans Pelicans
Southwest Division
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