Yes, I have another side of me, that doesn’t involve basketball.

It’s the tech sort-of-geek that’s pretty cool.
I got a team in Microsoft Imagine Cup Lebanon and we created an educational game, if you want to see the video, go to our page and vote for our team. We need every vote we can get since other teams have a lot of time on their hands to get votes.

If my team wins, we go to the Microsoft Imagine Cup in New  York City, and I’ve been wanting to go back there 15 years ago.

Our educational game is called “A Better City“, and for more information, do the following steps:

Step 1: Click on link  http://www.imaginecuplebanon.com/Vote.aspx?Register=true

Step 2: Fill out the fields and use your Hotmail email address. Any other type is not accepted.

Step 3: Go to your Inbox/Junk Mail

Step 4: Search for an “Activate” email sent by Microsoft.

Step 5: Click on the link in the e-mail.

Step 6: Log in with your password.

Step 7: Click on Mighty Bytes.

Step 8: Vote!

Thank you all!

The voting process takes 3 minutes tops! I need all the help I can get, thank you :D

Oh, and here’s the video:


Kobe Bean Bryant just turned that clock back to 2001 and that number 8 jersey and just banged the shit out of Emeka Okafor with that dunk (and the win of course).

Anyone still doubting the Black Mamba?


Yeah, this is one of those sports “fail”s.

This took place during the Presidents Tournament at AUB, it’s the second one they host. American University of Dubai (AUD) and the American University of Beirut (AUB) were playing, and apparently things got messy with a red card.

Don’t ask, just watch :P


Wow.

What a way to kick off the Playoffs. I have never seen, rather, the NBA has never witnessed this type of surprises.

For the first time in NBA Playoff history, the top 2 seeds of a conference lose their Game One’s. The Memphis Grizzlies lived up to their words, and beat the Spurs without Rudy Gay for a 101 – 98 thriller. What was not thrilling though was the loss of my beloved LA Lakers, which I still don’t understand how, but they somehow found a way to lose to the New Orleans Hornets, 109-100.

The other games were close, and only the Orlando Magic was the upper seed (#4) to lose to the Atlanta Hawks.

Anyway, let’s take a look at how, for a change, there was no game that was one sided:

Eastern Conference

Indiana Pacers [8] vs Chicago Bulls [1] (99-104)

Derrick Rose said that it wouldn’t be easy.

He was damn right.

With the critics and analysts saying that the Pacers’ record isn’t good enough to be in the playoffs, they proved otherwise. Putting up a challenge in the entire night, they just weren’t able to finish the game right as they started it. Derrick Rose showed why he should be the league’s MVP (39 points, 6 assists), leading the Bulls to end the game on a 16-1 run after trailing 98-88 with over 2 minutes left.

What to expect in Game 2: Expect Carlos Boozer to have a better game, and the rest of the Chicago Bulls to take the Pacers more seriously. Game Two should be Chicago’s.

Philadelphia 76ers [7] vs Miami Heat [2] (89 – 97)

As expected, the Heat beat the Sixers. Also, the Sixers didn’t give in easily. With a mediocre shooting game from LeBron James, and finally taking into the decoy role that he should have been doing all season in the last two minutes of the game, Dwayne Wade managed to score five of his 17 points in the last 2 minutes, securing the win for the Heat. The game kicked off with Philly leading 25-11, yet the Heat bounced back and managed to pull a 12 point lead in the fourth quarter, only for the Sixers to rally back one last time and cut the deficit to 1 point, yet Wade showed them who’s boss, ending the game in favor of the upper seed. Let’s not forget Chris Bosh putting on his A-game with those 25 points and 12 rebounds. The Sixers in general had a good game, but they simply can’t match up with the Heat.

What to expect in Game 2: Another Miami Heat victory unless the Sixers find a way to stop both LeBron and Dwayne at the same time.

New York Knicks [6] vs Boston Celtics [3] (85-87)

I had a feeling this series would be good. I just never thought the games would be this good.

As great as the rivalry was Game 1. Carmelo Anthony didn’t impress as much, Amar’e Stoudemire was awesome, and I’m worried about that Chauncey Billups injury. The New York trio weren’t good enough to beat the Celtics, where Ray Allen shone again with 24 points on 15 shots, including that late 3 that won them the game. It was an exciting game, yet the series took an unfortunate turn for the Knicks with Billups’ injury at the end of the game and is questionable for Game 2.

What to expect in Game 2: If the Knicks don’t feed the ball more to Stoudemire, and Billups not coming back (no offense to Toney Douglas), expect a Celtics victory again.

Atlanta Hawks [5] vs Orlando Magic [4] (103-93)

I haven’t seen a one man performance like Dwight Howard’s in a while. 31 points in the first half? One would think the Magic were dominating the game! *Annoying buzz* Wrong answer. Despite those 31 points, the Atlanta Hawks were outplaying the Orlando Magic.

Other than Dwight Howard’s 46 points and 19 rebounds, there was nothing really to see in the Magic. And they said that Jason Collins was going to bother Howard. Jameer Nelson had a slow start in the first half, but finished strong with 27 points. But that’s about it.

Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford and co. put on a strong game, and seem to be confident about themselves given they won the season series 3-1. Why not? They played big after a not-so-good first quarter.

What to expect: The Defensive Player of the Year for the third year in a row can’t go any bigger than those 46 points, but his teammates assumingly would step up their game. Orlando tie the series.

Western Conference

Memphis Grizzlies [8] vs San Antonio Spurs [1] (101-98)

Memphis rested their starters for the last 4 games to make sure they are ready AND end up with the Spurs in a playoff matchup. They could’ve went up to sixth and played the Dallas Mavericks, who they owned in the regular season. Yet they chose to stay 8th.

They lived up to it. Big time.

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol put on a show, and despite the game taking lead changes at the end, the Grizzlies were able to get their first playoff win for the franchise. As an eighth seeded team against the best team in the West. Now that’s good.

Yet no need to worry, I still think that, despite my hatred for the Spurs, they’ll still win this series in six games.

What to expect: San Antonio bouncing back like they always do. Spurs win. Very hard for the Grizzlies to pull off another stunner at the AT&T Center.

New Orleans Hornets [7] vs Los Angeles Lakers [2] (109-100)

WHY?

I watched the game the other night, and I still couldn’t understand. Why would Pau Gasol play so horribly like that? Kobe Bryant was the man for LA with those 34 points and those amazing shots, and Ron Artest put up a decent game with that double-double, but seriously Pau Gasol, WTF?! 2 from 9, 6 rebounds?! And you wonder why championship-less center Stoudemire calls you soft? Get your act together! Andrew Bynum had 13 points and 9 rebounds, but wasn’t as good as he was in the streak. Kobe couldn’t pull it off by himself this time. And LA’s defense sucked big time.

Chris Paul, the player who came second to Kobe in MVP voting back in 08, scored 33 points, had 14 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals and played around the Lakers defense at free will. The way the Hornets were knocking down those one handed layups was as if they were playing alone. THE LAKERS SHOULD HAVE DOMINATED THE DAMN GAME! The Hornets don’t have David West. Emeka Okafor had a bad game with more fouls than points. Aaron Gray and Carl Landry outplay Pau Gasol???!!! IN WHAT WORLD?!

It’s a good thing Kobe called out Gasol today. He seriously has to start playing like a 2 time champ.

What to expect: I still think the Lakers are going to win this series in 5. So expect a Lakers win.

Portland Trail Blazers [6] vs Dallas Mavericks [3] (81-89)

It felt so good to see the Mavs win. They got such a good team that I’ll never understand why they just can’t win in the playoffs and play the way they play the regular season. Everyone undermines Dirk Nowitzki and thinks he chokes in the playoffs. Really? He’s one of 4 guys in NBA history to average 25 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs. Don’t forget those performances against the Suns and Spurs back in the day. And whoever tells me that he choked in the 06 Finals, we all know what happened then. So enough about that.

I enjoyed more than anything my favorite non-Laker player being the X-Factor of the game. That’s right, 38-year old Jason Kidd had 24  points, including 6 3-pointers, and with Nowitzki’s 27 points, the Mavs were finally able to quiet those who are foreseeing an upset in this series and pull off a well deserved win.

What to expect:  This series is puzzling, and I’m not expecting Kidd to have another 24 point game. But I still think the Mavs are going to win both at home. So another Mavs win.

Denver Nuggets [5] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [4] (103-107)

This could easily be the most exciting series in the playoffs. Why not? The youngest and most athletic players in the NBA going at each other? The leading scorer? The team that the Ewing Theory seems to work perfectly on? Yeah, I want this series.

Kevin Durant (41 points) and Russell Westbrook (31 points) combined for one of the best guard performances so far and were able to overcome the winningest team since the All Star break.

Kendrick Perkins had 4 points, but 2 of them gave the Thunder the lead for good.

Denver had a good game, and despite dominating the NBA since the Carmelo Anthony trade, they just can’t seem to beat the Thunder. What I like about Denver is that they had eight players with at least 8 points, led by Nene Hilario’s 22, which makes them a threat given you can’t tell who is going to dominate the game at any given night.

What to expect:  I honestly don’t know. This is one of the series where any team can win on any given night because they are so young. I’ll go with the Thunder on this one, although the Nuggets are going to give them hell again.


As you all know, the NBA regular season concluded its games last night. With the San Antonio Spurs holding on to the top record all season, they will remain the #1 West seed but will have to settle for #2 overall after losing last night to the Phoenix Suns. The overall #1 seed went to the Chicago Bulls, who put on their best season since the Michael Jordan days with a 62 win season. If the Spurs won last night, there would have been a tie between both leading teams, and a rare feat would have happened, as all tiebreakers would have been useless and there would have been a random draw to determine who holds home court advantage all the way. But, that won’t happen anymore due to the Spurs loss last night, who will end up playing eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies.

Back to the topic, after the Eastern conference was decided as early as Monday night, the Western conference was decided in the final seconds of last night with the Los Angeles Lakers playing what could be the last game in Sacramento vs. the Sacramento Kings, as the Kings may be moving to Anaheim. The Lakers won the game in OT, and claimed 2nd seed to face the New Orleans Hornets, who lost to the Dallas Mavericks last night, hence the Mavs claiming the third seed and will face the sixth-seeded Portland TrailBlazers. The final matchup of the Western conference may be one for the ages, which will feature two of the most athletic and versatile young teams in the league, fourth seeded Oklahoma City Thunder against the Denver Nuggets.

The playoff schedule will be as follows:

Saturday, April 16

Indiana Pacers at                            Chicago Bulls Game 1, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN3D
Philadelphia 76ers                     at                            Miami Heat Game 1, 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET, ABC
Atlanta Hawks                             at                            Orlando Magic Game 1, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, ESPN
Portland Trail Blazers             at                            Dallas Mavericks Game 1, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, ESPN

Sunday, April 17

Memphis Grizzlies                     at                            San Antonio Spurs Game 1, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, TNT
New Orleans Hornets               at                             L.A. Lakers Game 1, 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET, ABC
New York Knicks                         at                            Boston Celtics Game 1, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
Denver Nuggets                           at                            Oklahoma City Thunder Game 1, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Monday, April 18

Philadelphia 76ers                   at                             Miami Heat Game 2, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
Indiana Pacers                            at                            Chicago Bulls Game 2, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Tuesday, April 19

New York Knicks                        at                             Boston Celtics Game 2, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
Atlanta Hawks                            at                            Orlando Magic
Game 2, 4:30 PM PT/7:30 PM ET, NBA TV
Portland Trail Blazers            at                            Dallas Mavericks
Game 2, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Wednesday, April 20

Denver Nuggets                            at                           Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2, 5 PM PT/7:30 PM ET, TNT
Memphis Grizzlies                      at                            San Antonio Spurs Game 2, 5:30 PM PT/8:30 PM ET, NBA TV
New Orleans Hornets                 at                            L.A. Lakers Game 2, 7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET, TNT

Thursday, April 21

Chicago Bulls                                 at                            Indiana Pacers Game 3, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, NBA TV
Miami Heat                                    at                            Philadelphia 76ers Game 3, 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, TNT
Dallas Mavericks                         at                           Portland Trail Blazers Game 3, 7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET, TNT

Friday, April 22

Boston Celtics                               at                            New York Knicks Game 3, 4 PM ET/7 PM PT, ESPN
Orlando Magic                              at                            Atlanta Hawks Game 3, 5 PM ET/8 PM PT, ESPN2/ESPN3D
L.A. Lakers                                     at                            New Orleans Hornets Game 3, 6:30 PM ET/9:30 PM PT, ESPN

Saturday, April 23

Chicago Bulls                               at                             Indiana Pacers Game 4, 11:30 AM PT/2:30 PM ET, TNT
Dallas Mavericks                       at                             Portland Trail Blazers Game 4, 2 PM PT/5 PM ET, TNT
San Antonio Spurs                    at                             Memphis Grizzlies Game 3, 4:30 PM PT/7:30 PM ET, ESPN
Oklahoma City Thunder       at                             Denver Nuggets Game 3, 7 PM PT/10 PM ET, ESPN

Sunday, April 24

Miami  Heat                                 at                              Philadelphia 76ers Game 4, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, ABC
Boston Celtics                             at                               New York Knicks Game 4, 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET, ABC
Orlando Magic                            at                               Atlanta Hawks Game 4, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
L.A. Lakers                                   at                                New Orleans Hornets Game 4, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Monday, April 25
Oklahoma City at Denver,
Game 4, 7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET, TNT

Times to be determined
San Antonio at Memphis, Game 4
Portland at Dallas (*), Game 5

Tuesday, April 26 (times to be determined)
New York at Boston (*), Game 5
Atlanta at Orlando (*), Game 5
Indiana at Chicago (*), Game 5
New Orleans at LA Lakers (*), Game 5

Wednesday, April 27 (times to be determined)
Philadelphia at Miami (*), Game 5
Memphis at San Antonio (*), Game 5
Denver at Oklahoma City (*), Game 5

Thursday, April 28 (times TBD)
Chicago at Indiana (*), Game 6
Orlando at Atlanta (*), Game 6
LA Lakers at New Orleans (*), Game 6
Dallas at Portland (*), Game 6

Friday, April 29 (times TBD)
Boston at New York (*), Game 6
Miami at Philadelphia (*), Game 6
San Antonio at Memphis (*), Game 6
Oklahoma City at Denver (*), Game 6

Saturday, April 30 (times TBD, games on TNT)
Indiana at Chicago (*), Game 7
Atlanta at Orlando (*), Game 7
New Orleans at LA Lakers (*), Game 7
Portland at Dallas (*), Game 7

Sunday, May 1 (times TBD)
New York at Boston (*), Game 7
Philadelphia at Miami (*), Game 7
Memphis at San Antonio (*), Game 7
Denver at Oklahoma City (*), Game 7

(*)–if necessary


Last night I was doing some studying while my friend living in Canada asks me, since he considers me a rap enthusiast, to check out this freestyle.

I’m not a big fan of Wiz Khalifa, although the tune of “Black and Yellow” is tempting, but when I heard this freestyle, it seemed pretty cool. Maybe because it’s the same music.

So, this is D-WHY, he has his own Facebook page, a Twitter handle, and his YouTube page. It’s must see/listen. He looks Middle Eastern, but I have no idea about his origins or any bio or anything since his official page doesn’t say anything (or I couldn’t see it).

Anyway, here it is:


In  a meaningless game for two teams not in playoff contention (that wasn’t the case 4 years ago), the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons were playing one of those games to end the season with the Cavaliers leading (yeah, can you believe that?) the Pistons by 11 points with 5:47 left in the game.

Now watch this:

As you see, Charlie Villanueva of the Pistons and Ryan Hollins of the Cavs go at each other. It doesn’t seem to be known who started the altercation, but the Pistons player was WAY TOO PISSED at him, and that showed later on when he was briefly interviewed, saying that Hollins “got smart” with him, and that he would ” kill him” and “didn’t give a fuck who he was.”

And they say the NBA season doesn’t get interesting for non playoff teams.