The 2017 NBA All-Star Game could make a surprise appearance in New Orleans. All-Star Weekend is currently scheduled to take place in Charlotte, NC from February 17th-19th with the game itself taking place on Sunday the 19th. However, thanks to the grossly unpopular House Bill 2 (HB2) in North Carolina the NBA is on the brink of pulling the game according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sources: NBA on brink of pulling 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, with New Orleans emerging as a front-runner to host Feb. 19 game.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 21, 2016
Failure of North Carolina to change discriminatory legislation targeting the state’s LGBT community pushing NBA to abandon Charlotte game.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 21, 2016
New Orleans last hosted the All-Star Game in 2013, the All-Star debut for current Pelicans star Anthony Davis. Charlotte has not hosted the All-Star Game since 1991.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver publicly stated that the All-Star Game would be moved from Charlotte if HB2, colloquially known as the "bathroom bill", was not changed. Changes to HB2 drafted at the end of June were met with quick derision from both the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets.
Mardi Gras is on February 28, 2017 giving the city ample time to throw the NBA All-Star Weekend and continue to party straight into the biggest week of Carnival when the Krewes of Druids and Nyx roll on Wednesday the 22nd.