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Panini America On Location: Sweet Scenes from the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

August 22, 2012

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Hoops hysteria struck the New York Knicks’ practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y., yesterday. Such is the case when the Panini America NBA Rookie Photo Shoot comes to town.

After a one-year hiatus, the one-day basketball extravaganza returned in grand style as 39 of the most promising rookies from the 2012 NBA Draft filled both courts in the gym as well as every other conceivable nook and cranny with a lively vibe and lots of laughs — all while posing for Panini America photographers in the name of producing the perfect trading card.

Along the way, the players conducted interviews (including two by New Orleans Hornets teammates Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers live on ESPN’s SportsCenter to start the day), interacted with throngs of national media and each other, and seemed to thoroughly enjoy every minute of the fun.

When the players weren’t posing for a Panini America photographer (there was one true action station and three  locations shooting various types of portraits), they were engaging in trick shots, busting packs of 2012-13 Hoops Basketball, taking over the Panini America Twitter account and clamoring for the coveted Rated Rookie T-shirt at the Panini America marketing station.

The following gallery provides just a taste of the wall-to-wall action. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for tons of additional coverage of the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, including excerpts from the Panini America video news release that is going out later today, exclusive player interviews and a chance to win some sweet autographs from the event.

But until then, enjoy these must-see scenes . . .

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Student of the Game permalink
    August 22, 2012 2:02 pm

    Priceless! When will Panini create a contest where one lucky fan will win a trip to this event?! Talk about creating buzz outside of just the collector’s market!!

  2. Matt Gilman permalink
    August 22, 2012 4:24 pm

    Love the behind the scenes photos you guys show us. Makes us feel like we are there. Love the dunk photos! Where is the camera man sitting to get that angle?

    • August 22, 2012 7:56 pm

      The photographer at that station, Layne Murdoch, had four cameras mounted at different parts of the backboard and controlled them remotely! He also was holding a fifth camera. That particular camera used for those shots was mounted to the top of the backboard. It was way cool to watch those guys work.

      • Matt Gilman permalink
        August 23, 2012 4:23 am

        Looks like it. Pretty sweet angles. Can’t wait to see them on cardboard!

  3. daveylangs permalink
    August 22, 2012 5:02 pm

    Thanks for all the pictures and a peek behind the curtain of whats to come! Things look like there about to heat up for Panini and the NBA!!! Who ever said Panini takes a break during the offseason for the NBA!!!

    • August 22, 2012 7:56 pm

      Glad you’re digging it, Davey. Indeed, we’re thrilled about the 2012-13 NBA card season.

  4. Ernest Hebert permalink
    August 22, 2012 7:10 pm

    Those hard signed cards look nice….cool pics….could not wait had to get myself some Hoops today…lol…

  5. August 22, 2012 7:52 pm

    Was Mike Scott there?

  6. Ernest Hebert permalink
    August 22, 2012 9:29 pm

    not bad not bad at all Tracy posted a few pics ….on the Panini home page

  7. August 23, 2012 12:25 am

    Great pics Tracy as always love the fact you guys share so much with us!


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