City councilmember pushing for NBA All-Star game in Oakland

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Oakland is making a push to get next year's NBA All-Star game after a controversial LGBT law was passed in North Carolina. (KGO-TV)

Oakland is making a push to get next year's NBA All-Star game after a controversial LGBT law was passed in North Carolina.

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The game is supposed to be in Charlotte, but the NBA thinks North Carolina is doing wrong and at least one Oakland elected official sees an opening.

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NBA owners are meeting in New York on Friday but they just announced they have not discussed moving the game to a different city.

Oakland still wants it to be them and they want it here at Oracle Arena.

The controversy first started when North Carolina passed House Bill 2 that limits the legal protection of the LGBT community.

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, players and coaches are now calling for the All-Star game to be moved out of Charlotte.

NBA owners said while they stand united against any form of discrimination, they decided against a change of venue.

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"There was no discussion of moving the All-Star game. What the view in the room was we should be working toward change in North Carolina," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.

"Nothing would make a statement stronger than to move the game to Oakland, California, where we have a diverse community, where we have a large history of LGBT inclusion, and where it would really be a statement that we are standing up for justice and inclusion," Oakland city councilmember Rebecca Kaplan said.

Kaplan says we have a winning team along with a great fan base to support the three-day event. But that seems to be a moot point now.

The last time the All-Star game was held here at Oracle Arena was in 2000.

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