Stephen Curry and other NBA superstars react to Charlotte losing the 2017 All-Star game

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The NBA has taken the bold step to move the 2017 All-Star game away from Charlotte after North Carolina failed to adjust the highly controversial House Bill 2.

The infamous piece of legislation means, amongst other things, that transgender people are forced to use the public bathroom of their born gender, not the identity they currently hold. It also provides no protection from discrimination for the LGBT community.

The NBA could not associate with such a bill and have moved away from Charlotte until North Carolina can resolve the issue.

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The NBA world has reacted to the sad news and while many have accepted the rationale behind the decision, depriving Charlotte the honour of hosting the event is a tough pill to swallow.

Back-to-back league MVP Stephen Curry, who grew up in Charlotte, said, per SportsCenter on Twitter: "It's disappointing that my home team won't be able to host the All-Star Game as planned."

Paul George, who will suit up for Team USA in Rio this summer, told ESPN's Brian Windhorst: "I'm huge on keeping your word. I'm not necessarily saying it's bad for the NBA to move it. Charlotte is a growing city, and the Hornets have picked that program up. It's a shame it's possible that we'd take that away from them."

Although PG-13's sentiments are on the money, the NBA's hands were tied. They are accepting of all cultures and offer the same rights to everyone. To host one of their grandest events in an environment that doesn't support what should be a basic principles in society is just not possible.

Carmelo Anthony spared a thought for Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who had worked so tirelessly to bring the city it's first All-Star event since 1991.

"Aside from all the politics, I feel bad for MJ [Michael Jordan] because I knew what that was going to do for the city of Charlotte. It was definitely going to boost everything. For him to bring All-Star weekend to Charlotte. I feel bad for him and for the NBA, too. We as players didn't think it would get to this. It's unfortunate."

Kevin Durant tweeted: "I recognize this was a tough decision for the NBA but I respect the choice. Discrimination of any kind cannot be allowed"

In a nutshell, KD summed it up. It's a difficult decision to make, but it's also the correct one.

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