Professional Basketball

Look What Bigotry Cost North Carolina

Check out Governor Pat McCrory's freakout below:

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will move from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of that state's controversial transgender bathroom law, the league announced Thursday.

The league said it would make an announcement about where the February game would be played in the coming weeks.

    The NBA also said it hopes to hold the 2019 game in Charlotte "provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter."

    Gov. Pat McCrory slammed the decision.

    "The sports and entertainment elite, (N.C.) Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the 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," the governor said. "Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children."

    The National Basketball Association is a billion-dollar money-making enterprise, not a "left wing special interest group." If you are going to tell these entities that your bigoted state is open for business, don't be shocked then they protect their own business interests and reject the offer to be associated with intolerance and hatred.

    In a decent America, this would lead the citizens of North Carolina to conclude that their legislature and their governor do not accurately reflect their values. This is no longer a decent America; this will allow everyone to double down and claim victimhood. But, hey--the market has spoken.

    Why LeBron Should Go to the Lakers

    Seeing as how this was a total bust...


    I'm not sure how to calculate the "league minimum salary" of the NBA. For LeBron James, I'm guessing it would be about a million dollars in salary for one year.

    What he should do, is this: sign with the Los Angeles Lakers for one season, and accept the league minimum.

    Why?

    Lakers coach Phil Jackson will return next season, putting off retirement for at least another year to chase his 12th NBA championship.
    Jackson made the announcement Thursday with a news release. The two-time defending champions’ coach said last week he was leaning toward retirement after another long season, but he changed his mind after getting a week to rest up at his offseason home inMontana.
    “Count me in,” Jackson said. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its title in the 2010-11 season. It’ll be the last stand for me, and I hope a grand one.”

    Yes. If you were to put LeBron James next to Kobe Bryant, and back them up with the team structure and system that the Lakers already have, you could almost guarantee another championship.

    But, hey. I just come up with these things. I have no idea if it would work or not.

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