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Dieng Starting, Phil Jackson Hired by Knicks

A few notes for your morning cup.

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The Wolves, having failed once again to take real advantage of a soft spot in their schedule, resume play against the better teams in the Western Conference tonight with a game in Dallas. The Mavs have been on a bit of a roll lately, winning five of their last six, including wins against the Pacers and Thunder.  It's a two game Texas trip. as the Wolves head on to Houston for a back to back against the Rockets on Thursday.  Is .500 a real goal?

Meanwhile, Jerry Zgoda has this:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Adelman says Gorgui will start until Pek returns, unless they face an opponent that starts a smaller center &amp; brings a bigger one off bench</p>&mdash; Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) <a href="">March 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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That is a change from earlier in the year when he used Dante Cunningham in the starting lineup when Pekovic and Turiaf were both briefly out.  It should include the next two games at least, against Sam Dalembert and (yikes) Dwight Howard.  Dieng had a fine outing against Sacramento the other night, and played 37 minutes (without fouling out!), but the Kings are the Kings and were without DeMarcus Cousins, so we'll see how it goes.  This might be the most interesting thing to watch over the next couple of weeks.

The Knicks officially introduced Phil Jackson as their new President. For $12 million a year. Owner James Dolan promised to step away from basketball decisions.  Jackson said that Carmelo Anthony is part of their future plans.  No comment on the future of Mike Woodson as coach. I have very little faith in this going well or ending well.

So the NCAA tournament is starting tomorrow.  I suppose I should fill out a bracket or something. Who is going to win? I notice that President Obama is picking Michigan State. How does Madison Dan feel about that?

Today in History

1702: Anne Stuart becomes Queen of England
1863: The SS Georgiana, biggest Confederate ship, is destroyed on her maiden voyage
1918: Congress authorizes time zones and establishes daylight savings time. 
1953: First televised Academy Awards (
2003: U.S. and British invasion of Iraq begins

Today's Musical birthday is Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters. Born in 1946.

See you later.