The Brooklyn Nets are a professional basketball team and a member of the National Basketball Association. The Nets were founded in 1967 as the New Jersey Americans, and were an original member of the American Basketball Association. Led by Julius "Dr. J" Erving, the Nets won 2 titles while in the ABA. The Nets joined the NBA in 1976 as part of the NBA-ABA merger. They moved to Brooklyn before the start of the 2012 season. They currently compete in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
The Charlotte Checkers is a minor league ice hockey team based out of Charlotte, North Carolina that competes in the American Hockey League's South Division of the Western Conference. Founded in 1990, the team wasoriginallycalled the Capital District Islanders from 1990 to 1993, then the Albany River Rats from 1993 to 2010. An affiliate of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, the Checkers has built a solid reputation for producing players who go on to havesuccessfulcareers in the majors.