The 2017 NBA All-Star Game moves from Charlotte to New Orleans

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Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons and the Eastern Conference dunks in the first half against the Western Conference during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario.

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“New Orleans is a world-class destination for sports and entertainment and we are very appreciative that the city is once again hosting our All-Star festivities,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at the NBA’s press conference announcing that the 2017 NBA All-Star game would be hosted by the city of New Orleans and the New Orleans Pelicans. Yes, the Crescent City will be hosting the NBA’s All-Star Weekend for the third time in less than a decade as the 66th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, February 19, at Smoothie King Center. New Orleans had been the presumptive favorite for hosting the ASG events ever since the NBA withdrew Charlotte as the host last month, following multiple warnings to the North Carolina legislature calling for law HB2 to be removed from the state’s books.

New Orleans, like you didn’t know, is the perfect city to host the All-Star Weekend on short notice as it offers ample hotels for out-of-town media, fans and celebs, a plethora of restaurants (might we suggest Felix’s?) for those guests and its charming and entertaining French Quarter.

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game on-court festivities tip off Friday, Feb. 17, with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, where the league’s top rookies and second-year players will compete in a U.S. versus World game format for the third consecutive year. On Saturday, Feb. 18, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature current NBA players showcasing their unique abilities in exciting basketball competitions, including the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, where participants compete head-to-head in a series of passing, shooting and agility drills; the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest; and Verizon Slam Dunk. The weekend concludes on Sunday, Feb. 19, with the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.

See you down in the Big Easy, hoops fans!

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