NBA lockout: Negotiations resume today
--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner says he believes that meetings scheduled today and Friday between the NBA and the players union indicate some progress in the labor negotiations.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck notes that both the NBA front office and the union have maintained silence about what's going on at the meetings.
--The Sporting News' Sean Doveney reports the NBA owners are willing to miss the preseason.
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin breaks down what the Lakers need to do next season to win a championship.
--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman talks to Jerry West about the pressure John Elway faces in running the Denver Broncos.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky and 710 ESPN's Dave Miller debate how the Lakers will adapt to Mike Brown coaching the team.
--NBA.com features Derek Fisher's comments after Wednesday's meeting between the league owners and the players union.
--The Washington Times' Deron Snyder argues that Fisher needs to do more to get a deal done.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell hosts a live chat with General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
--Hardwood Paroxysm's James Herbert recalls learning how to dribble by, in part, watching Magic Johnson play.
--Searching for Slava's Dave M looks at what challenges the Lakers might face next season.
Tweet of the Day: "everyone got excited about kobe on twitter and he was gone before he got started..sorta like his lakers in the playoffs last yr" -- nuggetsnews (the Denver Post's Nuggets beat writer, Bejamin Hochman)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Lakers are not done with this roster. Mavs caught the perfect storm last year. They won't be able to repeat that, because the Lakers will not beat themselves again. I give Dirk & Co. credit for playing a great series, but the Lakers allowed them to do so." -- Robbin Barberan
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern, right, talks to reporters after a bargaining session with NBA Players' Assn. representatives last week. Credit: Henny Ray Abrams / Associated Press