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Hot’N’Not: April 15, 2015

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New men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin speaks at an introductory news conference at the University of California in Berkeley, Calif., on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Martin succeeds Mike Montgomery, who retired in March. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

HOT

Cuonzo Martin

As much as Arizona basketball fans might despise California coach Cuonzo Martin right now, he just pulled one over on the Wildcats. On Monday, Five-star power forward Ivan Rabb chose to play for Martin at Cal instead of Sean Miller at Arizona. Rabb is ranked as the No. 6 overall recruit in the 2015 class by ESPN and has the potential to be a program changer. Martin may not be getting the Rabb, Caleb Swanigan and Jaylen Brown package deal that was once rumored, but getting Rabb is a great start for the Golden Bears — especially considering Brown is still available.

The Dark Knight

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey made his first start in Citi Field since Aug. 24, 2013. Harvey missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery and impressed in his first start of the season, pitching six shutout innings and recording nine strikeouts against the Washington Nationals on Thursday. Harvey’s talent level alone was enough for fans to head to the ballpark for a matchup with the lowly Philadelphia Phillies last night. Having their Dark Knight back at home is definitely a welcome sight for the Mets.



NOT

New York Knicks fans

Even when the New York Knicks win, their fans lose. At the end of a nightmare season, the Knicks won back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 27-28 and lost possession of the NBA’s worst record. Fans have voiced their displeasure over the Knicks actually winning, considering they have now lost the top odds at getting the first pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. If the Knicks defeat Detroit on Wednesday and the Philadelphia 76ers lose to the Miami Heat, New York will fall down to the third best odds. Yikes.

NYPD

Police are once again under the microscope. This time, the New York Police Department is under scrutiny for its handling of a situation involving Atlanta Hawks Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic — during an incident outside a Manhattan night club last week where Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed. Both Sefolosha and Antic were reportedly arrested for interfering with the NYPD’s efforts to block off the crime scene. Sefolosha suffered injuries to his ankle and leg during the scuffle and will miss the rest of the season as a result. This proves any PR is not good PR.

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