This is why we can't have nice things.
As At The Hive's Chris Barnewell already covered here, the NBA is deciding whether or not to remove next year's All Star festivities from Charlotte if the most recent legislation passed by Gov. Pat McCrory stands pat.
Allow the following clip to demonstrate our situation. The NBA will be played by Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), while North Carolina lawmakers will be collectively represented by the character, Smokey (Jimmie Dale Gilmore):
This isn't 'Nam, guys. There are rules.
And one of those rules is that you can't pine for your state or city to be given recognition, to be put on the map, if once you arrive at said map, you promptly squat down and unload the biggest turd you can possibly muster.
The NBA is not a moral paragon, it's a business. We remember David Stern, right? The NBA does not care, beyond a few exceptions, about individual cities or states — just ask Seattle. Like every other professional sports league, it's a corporation whose primary concern is responding to public opinion, an opinion that North Carolina is currently on the absolute wrong side of.
Charlotte hasn't hosted an All-Star Weekend in 25 years. To lose it because our state decided to set labor law back decades over a dispute regarding trans people using public bathrooms is — to put it charitably — astoundingly lame. This is not a political issue steeped in endless nuance. We're not talking two state solutions or nuclear codes. This is about anti-discrimination. This law is like bearing witness to the legalization of some people's personal squeamishness.
And what about the Hornets? They're on pace to have their best season since returning to Charlotte, and there seems to be a very good chance Kemba Walker — a fantastic representative of the franchise and the state — could be an All-Star next year.
I lived in North Carolina for 21 years. I was born and raised there, and would love to see All-Star Weekend, in all its magnificent glory, in its largest city. That'd be really, really cool. But hey man, it's 2016 in the U.S. of A., and in the words of Mr. Sobchak, "Life does not stop and start at your convenience."
If that's too radical a notion for NC lawmakers, so be it. Just consider this fair warning: