Ben Swanson


I write mostly about the Bobcats. I've been a Rufus on Fire member since way back and managing editor since February of 2011. In my past life, I wrote for short stints with Bobcats Baseline and I was once a Charlotte Bobcats interactive media intern. Now I am a journalism school student at UNC-Chapel Hill and cover mostly stories about large burritos and SlamBall. Outside of basketball, I mainly make lots of jokes and listen to a lot of music. Inside of a basketball, it's too dark to do any of those things. (c) Groucho Marx


Thunder clinch No. 2 seed, Clippers get No. 3

It took a great late effort from Kevin Durant and the Thunder to beat the Pistons (yes, the Pistons) at home (yes, at home!) but Oklahoma City eked out the win and clinched the No. 2 seed, securing the Clippers at third.

DeAndre Jordan puts Ibaka on a poster, dunks a lot

With the ease of a butter knife, DeAndre Jordan flushes an alley-oop with a reverse jam.

Marc Gasol threads needle with sidewinder throw

Marc Gasol has five eyes and 10-foot arms and was built by a machine that loves basketball.

Joakim Noah's twin visits him at Bulls game

Ok, so maybe it's not Joakim Noah's twin. But this guy earns himself a spot in the Internet for trying and getting pretty close.

Jeff Withey gets loose ball help from ref's head

The basketball hit the referee in the head, need I say more?

Terrence Ross does 360 spin before nailing 3

You don't need to spin before your three-pointers against the Philadelphia 76ers but for Terrence Ross, I guess it doesn't hurt.

LeBron reverses putback with no Plumlee to deny it

LeBron James, faced against no Plumlee, found plenty of room to finish a putback dunk this time.

LeBron rocks Pharrell's infamous hat after game

He might not have been "Happy" after Miami's loss to the Timberwolves, but LeBron wore a hat identical to Pharrell's to meet the media.

LeBron first ever to score 23,000 career points before 30th birthday

LeBron scored his 23,000th career point during the double-overtime Heat loss to Minnesota, becoming the youngest ever to reach that mark, via ESPN Stats & Info and Elias Sports Bureau.

Jeremy Evans will finish any alley-oop (probably)

Jeremy Evans might be able to complete any alley-oop, if this dunk is any indication

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