Brooklyn Nets Check in at No. 22 in Ongoing 30 Weeks| 30 Teams NBA Countdown

The Nets have had four locations, two nicknames, two leagues, and eight different home arenas in their 50-plus seasons in existence. Founded in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association, the New Jersey Americans were relocated to Long Island and renamed the New York Nets before their second season. They would join the NBA in 1976 and the…

The Toronto Raptors Check in at No. 26 in Ongoing 30 Weeks| 30 Teams Countdown

The Toronto Raptors, like most NBA teams, have been defined by their superstars through the years. Founded in 1995, their first big star was 1996 Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire. And, while Stoudamire was really good, nothing compares to the stardom level that Vince Carter was able to reach. Carter played for the Raptors from 1998-2004 and reached stratospheric…

Panini America Delivering Hot Hoops Cards for Tonight’s Mavericks Game with Heat

Panini America will welcome Dallas Mavericks fans back from the 2014 NBA All-Star break during tonight's game against LeBron James and the Miami Heat by giving away the first two cards of a special 10-card 2013-14 NBA Hoops Dallas Mavericks set. Tonight's cards -- Dirk Nowitzki and rookie Shane Larkin -- will be distributed in cello packs that also include a Larkin…

The Immaculate Collection: Panini America Previews 2012-13 Immaculate Basketball

From the day Panini America's 2011-12 Prime Hockey was announced more than 17 months ago, collectors of other sports have been clamoring for a similar product to call their own. The voices only grew louder when that inaugural edition of Prime released last August. And now that 2012-13 Prime Hockey is on the verge of release, the demand is deafening. It's…

St. Patty’s Day Pop: Panini America’s Dallas Mavericks Promo Set Tips Off Tonight

Hoops fans attending tonight's Western Conference showdown between the Oklahoma City Thunder and hometown Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center are in for more than just a huge rivalry game amid a festive St. Patrick's Day atmosphere. They're also in for the makings of a pretty cool Panini America card set. Beginning with tonight's games, Mavericks officials will distribute…