OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Adam Silver has steadfastly refused to set any deadlines for when the NBA 2K17 Coins would decide on moving the 2017 All-Game in Charlotte if a hotly debated North Carolina law hasn’t been changed.In a way, he did before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, even as he said he’s been pleased by the direction of the discussions.Silver said the NBA would need to see definitive progress toward changing the law by the end of summer to ensure that All-Star weekend remains in Charlotte.
“I don’t see how we would get past this summer without knowing definitively where we
stand,” the NBA commissioner said before the Golden State Warriors hosted the Cleveland
Cavaliers.The law excludes lesbian, gay and transgender people from state anti-discrimination protections. It also blocks local governments from expanding LGBT protections, and bars all types of workplace discrimination lawsuits from state courts. The law also directs transgender people to use public toilets corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificate.
Several entertainers have already canceled scheduled appearances in North Carolina because of the law. But Silver said he thinks there have been productive talks about changing it that leave him optimistic the NBA will not have to take a similar approach with its February showcase.