Kevin Durant on NBA decision to move All-Star game out of North Carolina: 'I recognize this was a tough decision for the NBA but I respect the choice. Discrimination of any kind cannot be allowed' - @KDTrey5
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory responds to NBA's decision to move All-Star game, saying 'Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children'
Former NBA center Jason Collins on league's decision to move All-Star game out of North Carolina, 'As a member of the NBA family and as a gay man, I'm extremely proud to see the NBA take initiative ... Their decision is an extremely poignant one that shows that discrimination of any kind is not welcome in sports and not acceptable in any part of our society - @jasoncollins98
North Carolina (/ˌnɔːrθkærəˈlaɪnə/) is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. North Carolina is the 28th most extensive and the 9th most populous of the 50 United States. North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State and the Old North State.
The state is composed of 100 counties. Its two largest metropolitan areas are among the top ten fastest-growing in the country: its capital, Raleigh, and its largest city, Charlotte. In the past five decades, North Carolina's economy has undergone a transition from reliance upon tobacco, textiles, and furniture-making to a more diversified economy with engineering, energy, biotechnology, and finance sectors.
The state has a wide range of elevations, from sea level on the coast to 6,684 feet (2,037 m) at Mount Mitchell, the highest point in North America east of the Mississippi River. The climate of the coastal plains is strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the state falls in the humid subtropical climate zone. More than 300 miles (500 km) from the coast to the western, mountainous part of the state has a subtropical highland climate.