Derek Fisher denies texting on NBA lockout progress (Web links)
Lakers guard and NBA Players Assn. President Derek Fisher denied a report from Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick that quoted a league source saying Fisher text-messaged numerous players last week indicating progress on negotiations and instructing them to be physically prepared in case the season starts on time.
"While the reports of my texts are false, I will say that I have & will continue to urge our players to stay ready for a season," tweeted Fisher, who is listed on the roster for Impact Basketball’s upstart two-week summer league in Las Vegas. "We want to go back to work."
This is the second time in less than a week that someone connected to the NBA players union may or may not have suggested they're making progress on the NBA lockout negotiations. The Twitter account on players' union vice president Roger Mason sent out a Tweet saying it was "looking like a season," only to claim later that his account was hacked.
Still, the increased meetings and a decrease in name-calling last week had to signify at least some progress, though it's hard to quantify. That's because both the league office and players union haven't provided details on the negotiations. Still, with meetings planned for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, dialogue is at least better than nothing.
More links below the jump:
--True Hoop's Henry Abbott breaks down where NBA owners stand on the issues surrounding the lockout.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer expresses amusement over Phil Jackson's Audi commercial.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as 710 ESPN's Dave Miller break down whether the Lakers can stop Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell highlights Mitch Kupchak's take on what Coach Mike Brown will provide for the Lakers next season.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano expresses encouragement about Pau Gasol's play in the FIBA European Championships.
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