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Billy Hunter denies rift with Derek Fisher (Web links)

Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players' union, addresses the media flanked by Billy Hunter, right, the executive director of the union.

*Jerry West will appear at a book signing 6 p.m. Wednesday at L.A. Live's ESPN Zone to promote his recent autobiograhpy, West by West, My Charmed, Tormented Life.

--Sports Business Journal talks with NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter, who denied disagreeing with President Derek Fisher about taking a 50-50 split in basketball-related income.

--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock reported Fisher promised NBA Commissioner David Stern he could deliver the union at 50-50, causing Hunter and at least one executive committee member to confront Fisher about reassessing. 

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the various NBA player reactions via Twitter over the lockout.

--NBA.com's David Aldridge argues the players union needs to take the deal. 

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick obtained details of Friday's negotiations and breaks down the various issues that are either resolved, mostly resolved or unresolved. 

--The New York Times' Howard Beck reports both sides are separated by about $100 million per year. 

--CBSSports' Ken Berger faults the hard-liners on both sides. 

--Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler predicts both sides will reach a deal by the end of the week. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues the casual sports fan doesn't care about the NBA until Christmas Day. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzkytalks with Denver Nuggets guard and former UCLA product Aaron Afflalo about growing up playing in L.A. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano believes the NBA lockout will end soon. 

Tweet of the Day: "Major focus of Brown's playbook in LAL: post ups; low post scoring; focus in Cleveland was pick and roll sets." -- LakersReporter(Lakers.com's Mike Trudell)

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players' union, addresses the media flanked by Billy Hunter, right, the executive director of the union after a recent negotiating session in New York. Credit: Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press / October 4, 2011 

 
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