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Sunday / May 26.
  • NEW YORK — While Monday’s Knicks-Nets matchup will mark the historic first showdown between New York City’s two NBA teams, it will also mark a reunion for several former North Carolina Tar Heels.

    Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace and Nets guard Jerry Stackhouse both played for the 1994-95 North Carolina team that was coached by Dean Smith and reached the Final Four before losing to Arkansas.

    “It’s not like we’re both going to battle each other out there,” Wallace said Sunday after scoring 15 points in the Knicks’ 121-100 win over his former team, the Detroit Pistons, despite a sore foot. “Probably going to see who has the loudest voice coming from the bench or whatever.

    “But it’s awesome, though. That just shows longevity. Stack’s been around just as long as I have and he knows how to take care of his body.”

    Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will be out 4 to 6 weeks while recovering from a broken wrist he suffered last Friday.

    “With a little luck, Gorgui will be back by the start of our BIG EAST schedule,” said Louisville Coach Rick Pitino.  “We will miss his defensive presence and passing ability, but it’s time for other guys to step up their performances.”

    Dr. Luis Scheker of the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center in Louisville will perform surgery on Tuesday to insert a screw in Dieng’s broken scaphoid bone in his left wrist.  Dieng fell while taking a charge early in the first half of the Cardinals’ 84-61 victory over No. 13 Missouri on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis.  He returned to the game with his wrist taped and played a total of 24 minutes, but sat out the championship game against Duke on Saturday.

    Dieng is averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and two rebounds through five games this season.  He produced his 13th career double-double against Samford with 10 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals.  Dieng is a preseason All-BIG EAST selection and is among the top 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award and Naismith Award

    DeAndre Bembry, a 6-foot-6 Class of 2013 small forward out of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG during his senior season. Here’s his third entry:

    I would like to thank every school that was interested in me.

    My last two choices were in Philly between St. Joe’s and Temple.

    They both are two great schools but I felt that St. Joe’s was the best choice for my career in college. My family also agreed that St. Joe’s was the best decision as well.

    Kentucky sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow returned to practice Sunday after missing time for what were called “flu-like symptoms” and then an undisclosed family matter.

    Harrow played a disappointing 10 minutes in Kentucky’s season-opening win over Maryland at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Nov. 9. He then missed a week of practice and two games because of what were termed “flu-like symptoms.” He then departed the team  to deal with a “family” issue and missed the team’s games against Morehead State and LIU Brooklyn.

    “I would like to thank my teammates, the UK coaching staff and administration along with the Big Blue Nation for their support over the last couple of weeks while I was out,” he said in a statement that appeared on CoachCal.com.

    UCLA junior guard Tyler Lamb will transfer at the conclusion of the fall quarter and conclude his college career at another school, the school announced.

    Lamb missed four weeks of practice prior to UCLA’s 2012-13 season opener after having undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Oct. 9. The 6-foot-5 guard from Covina, Calif., returned to action against Indiana State on Nov. 9 and scored four points in 14 minutes.

    He sat out the team’s next two games with a swollen left knee and did not play in UCLA’s two games of the championship round of the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn on Nov. 19-20.

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