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Caught in the Web: NBA owners and players union acknowledge wide division in labor talks

June 9, 2011 |  8:55 am

62231482--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Lakers guard and players union president Derek Fisher, who acknowledges divisions remain regarding a new collective bargaining agreement.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr couldn't imagine seeing Phil Jackson appear on The George Lopez Show. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky talks to Clippers forward Craig Smith about growing up and playing in L.A. 

--The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons reports that the Golden State Warriors have discussed trading guard Monta Ellis and other unnamed players with Atlanta, Memphis, Chicago, Orlando and the Lakers. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who indicates it's unlikely he'd trade any of the team's big men. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore provides a player report card on Trey Johnson.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at how Ron Artest can improve next season. 

Tweet of the Day: "Time to really rebuild n show La what my last name stands 4 ... And no coach there's not a H in my name but I do have heart!!" -- RebuildCaracter (Lakers backup center Derrick Caracter)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "How much change should the Lakers make to their roster? That is the six million dollar question. However, I could take a stab and provide you with my answer in four words. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul." -- Jack Bauer

--Mark Medina

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Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern says the owners and players aren't close to an agreement on a new labor deal. Credit: Mark Humphrey / Associated Press


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