NBA lockout: Owners, players union to meet today
--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner argues that the owners and players union don't feel inclined to compromise at this point in the lockout negotiations.
--CBSSports.com's Ken Berger first reported that the owners and players union will meet Tuesday.
--SheridanHoops.com's Mark Heisler believes the NBA season will start on time. Heisler also looks at how the mid-level exception might be altered in the new CBA.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin talks to Lakers guard Steve Blake about multiple topics, including why he doesn't plan to play overseas during the NBA lockout.
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin looks at who should make the 2012 Olympic team.
--ESPN.com's Marc Stein obtains a letter Lakers guard and NBA Players Assn. President Derek Fisher wrote to the players Monday about the need to stay unified.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell looks at an old-school box score.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore doesn't believe that the season will start on time.
--BlogNBAsketball's Martin Knezevic argues Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak doesn't enough credit.
Tweet of the Day: "Little note about Fisher's emails to players: several say they aren't getting them. "I'm reading it when it's leaked," said one veteran." -- ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "How about you get someone from Lloyd's of London to tell us what it'll cost to insure the remaining 83.5 million on Kobe's contract? Because if you consider an older, hi-mileage player with a busted hand and shaky knee, I'm guessing the 6.7 million Virtual Baloney is offering up will barely cover it." -- Stan Kats
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern. Credit: L.M. Otero / Associated Press