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Dydek will schmooze with Leno

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Malgorzata Dydek, the Utah Starzz' 7-foot-2 Polish import, will be on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" tonight on KSL-TV, Ch. 5.

Leno staffers, who showed interest in Dydek soon after the April 29 WNBA Draft, when she was the No. 1 pick overall, going to Utah, cemented the deal Thursday afternoon. Dydek was to fly to California for a taping this afternoon at NBC Studios in Burbank. KSL will air the show at 11:05 p.m. following its postgame Utah Jazz-Chicago Bulls NBA Finals coverage tonight."I think my tall. What he can ask me about?" said Dydek following her WNBA debut Thursday night in the Delta Center. "He don't know me. People who don't know me, they just ask me my name or how tall I am." Asked if she was nervous about appearing on nationwide TV, she said, "No, less than for this game. I mean, it was first game."

The Starzz were to practice this morning, and Dydek will return immediately after the taping to prepare for Saturday's game in the Delta Center with the expansion Washington Mystics.