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NEW YORK -- As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars the festivities would bring to the local economy. Justin Braun Jersey .New Orleans is the favorite, a person close to the situation told The Associated Press. The person said the league and city are deep in negotiations to stage the game there for a third time. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the details of the discussions have not been publicly announced.The league moved the game out of Charlotte on Thursday because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The league also said it hoped to announce a new location for next Februarys events shortly and will reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte if there is a resolution to the matter.Even before the announcement, the league had heard from cities that were available and interested in taking over the weekend -- which has grown into more like a week.Besides having open dates in arenas, cities would need to have necessary hotel space. Officials from several have expressed interest, including Boston and Atlanta.But New Orleans, with its good February weather and endless entertainment options, is the heavy favorite, the person told AP.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has said in a statement it would be an honor to have the game return to New Orleans.Louisiana is rich in diversity of heritage, culture, cuisine and people, and we believe the NBA could not select a better place for everyone to come and enjoy this spectacular sporting event, he said.Besides multiple Super Bowls and college football bowl games, New Orleans hosted the 2008 and 2014 NBA All-Star Games. The city is easily walkable and has moderate temperatures that time of year, a bonus after frigid temperatures the last two years in New York and Toronto.The NBA announced plans for the 2008 game just nine months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. The weekend brought about $100 million into the city to aid its recovery, and now New Orleans could benefit again because of Charlottes loss.The National Basketball Players Association said Friday it supported the leagues decision to move the game that would have been in Currys hometown.North Carolina is home to a sizable number of current and former NBPA members. They and our entire membership looked forward to participating in the All-Star week activities in the Charlotte community, the union said in a statement. However, the enactment of legislation that challenges the right of all Americans from discrimination threatened the ability of every attendee to enjoy the All-Star festivities.Northern cities were excluded for years due to owners preferences for warm weather. But with the league being open to those locations under Commissioner Adam Silver, cities such as Cleveland, Portland and Boston have shown interest in hosting an All-Star Game.Orlando held the 2012 game, boasts loads of hotel and entertainment options, and could be a fitting choice for the LGBT community after a gunman killed 49 patrons at a gay nightclub in the city last month.But with the league hoping to announce a new destination in the coming weeks, New Orleans is well on its way to being selected, the official said.It would be an honor to have this event return to New Orleans, and we look forward to sharing our hospitality with basketball fans from around the country, Edwards said. My office will support and assist Tom Benson and the New Orleans Pelicans in any way possible to help bring the NBA All-Stars back. Cheap Sharks Jerseys Authentic . Anthony Davis had 31 points and 17 rebounds in his seventh straight game with more than 20 points, but that was only enough to keep the Pelicans competitive into the final minutes. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State, which rebounded from a loss a night earlier in Oklahoma City and snapped a two-game skid. Joe Pavelski Jersey . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. WACO, Texas -- Baylor coach Scott Drew certainly gets why the Bears were overlooked going into this season.On paper with us losing our senior point guard, a lottery pick, the schools all-time leading rebounder, with us having only one senior this year, you understand why people werent voting for us in the Top 25, Drew said.The Bears (8-0) are getting plenty of votes now after an impressive start with three wins over top 10 teams, propelling them from not a single vote less than a month ago to their highest AP ranking in six seasons.The fact that weve been able to win these games against quality teams has given us the recognition and attention that the players have earned, Drew said.Initially, it was easy to discount the Bears 66-49 win over then-No. 4 Oregon the first week of the season since the Ducks were playing without injured preseason All-America forward Dillon Brooks. But the next week, after getting into the poll at 20th, the Bears won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Bahamas with come-from-behind wins over No. 24 Michigan State and No. 10 Louisville. After Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitinos Cardinals jumped out to a 25-5 lead in the title game, and still led by 18 at the half, Baylor rallied to win 66-63.And then last weekend as the No. 9 team, former Miami transfer guard Manu Lecomte scored 24 points and the Bears rallied in the second half to beat then-No. 7 Xavier 76-61 at home. It was the first time Baylor has ever won a matchup of top-10 teams.Rankings dont matter, said junior forward Johnathan Motley, their leading scorer and rebounder (16.3 points, 8.1 rebounds per game). Were just going to step between those lines and handle business.The Bears, with three wins over top 10 teams in the same season for the first time ever, are in an extended break during final exams before playing at home Wednesday against Southern. They will be overwhelming favorites for all four games remaining before their Big 12 opener Dec. 30 at Oklahoma. That inclludes a game at Fort Hood, the second year in a row playing for soldiers at one of the nations largest Army posts only about an hour from their campus. Tim Heed Jersey. After their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last season, the Bears lost three seniors -- Taurean Prince, the 12th overall pick in the NBA draft; Rico Gathers, the career rebounding leader now trying to become an NFL tight end on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad; and two-year starting guard Lester Medford.Lecomte, who was born in Belgium, practiced with the Bears and ran with the scout team last season. He is now averaging 13.9 points a game, with 42 assists and only 17 turnovers.Normally during a sit-out year, a transfer year, players tend to look really good. Thats because they have no pressure, they get to run scout team, they get to get all the shots, coaches arent yelling at them, Drew said. So we always temper expectations and thoughts on those players until they show it in games, and Manus definitely proving what we saw in practice was reality.Jo Lual-Acuil, a 7-footer who also sat out last season after transferring from a junior college, is averaging 9.4 points and 7.8 rebounds for Baylor. Nuni Omot, a 6-9 junior college transfer, could make his Baylor debut during the Christmas break after being academically ineligible during the fall semester.Lecomte insisted that he didnt hear the We want Kansas! chants from the home fans during the closing minutes of the victory over Xavier. Baylor doesnt play the third-ranked Jayhawks until February.We know what you did doesnt define what youre going to do, Drew said. We know its a race to improve each and every day, and be at the best at the end of the season. 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