NBA lockout: Owners reportedly softening on hard cap
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that NBA owners have made a "modest push from their rigid stance on implementing a hard cap. Wojnarwoski also argues that the never-ending speculation regarding Kobe Bryant's overseas ventures helps his marketing brand.
--CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports owners are willing to drop a hard cap in exchange for adjustments to the luxury tax system and key spending exceptions.
--The Times' Lance Pugmire notes that another negotiating session will take place Wednesday.
--The Times' Jim Peltz explains how an NBA lockout would hurt the economy.
-- Grantland's Jonathan Abrams and Bill Simmons debate which players NBA teams should get rid of through the amnesty clause. Abrams suggests the Lakers cut ties with Luke Walton, while Simmons counters with Metta World Peace.
-- NBA.com's Steve Aschburner notes that though Tuesday's meeting only lasted for two hours, the civility among the owners and players union suggests they're making progress.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck notes how brief the the meeting was.
--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman and Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin express amusement over Kobe Bryant getting punched in the face in "The Simpsons" season premiere.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller expresses frustration on the NBA lockout.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Pedro Moura reports that tickets for another Drew League-Goodman League game Oct. 9 have gone on sale beginning Wednesday at midnight. The game starts at 5 p.m. at Long Beach State's Walter Pyramid.
--SheridanHoops.com's Chris Sheridan believes it's a positive sign that the owners and players union remained mostly silent about the details surrounding Tuesday's meeting.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell reflects on Jerry West's coaching stint with the Lakers.
--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard reflects on Elgin Baylor's career.
Tweet of the Day: "Much more optimistic tone from players after today's meetings. But all agree, Wednesday's bargaining session a seminal moment in talks ... Most agree it could go either way. If there's flexibility, could come very close to a deal. If not, it could devolve in war of words again." -- ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I would have to say when and if the season starts that Lamar is on the T-Block, the marriage might have helped him but it has effected the team." -- Paul Kelley
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Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern says he will meet with players' representatives again Wednesday. Credit: LM Otero / Associated Press