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Wednesday / April 1.
  • NEW YORK — In the wake of the Miami Heat “crying” scandal, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni says there’s nothing wrong with grown men crying.

    D’Antoni was referring to Miami coach Erik Spoelstra saying “tears were shed” after the Heat lost Sunday to the Chicago Bulls, raising the specter that the Heat are soft and not primed for a playoff run.

    “He’s just being honest, and it happens. There’s nothing wrong with crying,” D’Antoni said Monday before the Knicks hosted the Utah Jazz at MSG. “Don’t we have a Speaker of the House [who] cries. It’s OK.”

    John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House, has cried repeatedly in public, including during a “60 Minutes” appearance.

    Sometime this week, Jeremy Hazell’s college career will likely come to an end at Madison Square Garden.

    Hazell and Seton Hall (13-17, 7-11 Big East) open the Big East tournament against Garden State rival Rutgers (14-16, 5-13) at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

    Barring a miraculous run of five wins in five days, Hazell’s career will end on the Garden court.

    But what comes next for the 6-foot-5 Harlem native? Will he have a career in the NBA or will he end up overseas?

    Rick Jackson, Syracuse’s senior forward, has been named Big East Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

    The league also announced that St. John’s guard Dwight Hardy is the Big East Most Improved Player.  Hardy’s teammate, forward Justin Burrell, is the winner of the Big East Sixth Man Award.  Pittsburgh guard Brad Wanamaker won the Big East Sportsmanship Award.

    Jackson was a shot-blocking and rebounding standout for the Orange.  He won the Big East rebounding crown by averaging 9.9 rebounds in league games.  In all contests, he was first in the league with a 10.7 mark.  Jackson is the first Syracuse player to win the league rebounding title since Derrick Coleman in 1989-90.  Jackson also averaged a league-leading 7.2 defensive rebounds game.  The native of Philadelphia, Pa., led the league in blocked shots with a 2.5 average in all games and a 2.8 mark in league play.  Jackson averaged 13.1 ppg.

    When Iona and St. Peter’s square off Monday night for the MAAC championship in Bridgeport, Conn., it will be a family affair for Rashon Dwight and Wesley Jenkins.

    Dwight, a senior guard for Iona, and Jenkins, a senior guard at St. Peter’s (pictured), are cousins who played together under coach Nick Mariniello at Bloomfield (N.J.) Tech High School.

    “He texted me and said, ‘We’ll see you in the championship,” Dwight told the New York Post after Iona beat Rider, 83-59, in Sunday’s semifinals. “It’ll be a family feud, good to go against each other. One of us will be going to the NCAA Tournament. May the best man or best team win.”