Adam Silver Rumors
In the late 1980s to early 1990s, Stern worked closely with then FIBA Secretary General (and current FIBA Secretary General Emeritus) Borislav Stankovic to bring professional basketball players to the world stage. This was in line with an objective of Samaranch, who was pursuing the idea of having professional athletes take part in the Olympics. The success the three men achieved was best exemplified by the presence of the USA’s “Dream Team” at the Barcelona Games in 1992, a phenomenon which opened a new era for international basketball. “I am greatly honored to have been selected for induction into the FIBA Hall of Fame,” said Stern. “I am proud of my collaboration with Borislav Stankovic to unite and strengthen basketball on a global basis, which has been continued by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. It is also a great honor for me to be inducted with Hakeem Olajuwon and the other class of 2016 inductees who have contributed so much to our game.”
A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision hasn’t been announced. New Orleans replaces Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided last month that it wouldn’t hold its marquee, mid-season event in North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a source told The Advocate. The Associated Press first reported the news. A decision hasn’t been officially announced. New Orleans replaces Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided last month that it wouldn’t hold its marquee, mid-season event in North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
Unlike several other Southern states, Louisiana has not been swept up in legislative efforts to pass laws similar to that in North Carolina — a fact Gov. John Bel Edwards has touted while lobbying the NBA to bring its All-Star weekend to New Orleans for a third time. “We embrace our rich cultural heritage and see our diversity as a virtue,” Edwards wrote in a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in late July. “Should the NBA choose to bring the All-Star Game back to New Orleans in 2017, it will strongly reaffirm its commitment to communities that value fairness and inclusion.”
Verdicts from the league office are one thing. Real change in the locker room is quite another. “It’s more about stigmas than anything else, and I think with those stigmas you have people who are going to be judged,” said Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm. “I think on the men’s side, they’re not quite there yet. Jason Collins, for him to do that, particularly in the basketball world, he was the one who kind of broke down the barrier. And maybe in the future, it’ll change. But I think right now there’s still that stigma. I would love for it to change, because it’s really not that big of a deal in all reality. “The NBA moving the All-Star game was a tremendous stand. It’s about the NBA having that platform to create change that needs to be created.”