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Kobe Bryant's per-game offer in Italy tops L.A. pay (Web links)

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes how Kobe Bryant would actually earn a raise by playing in one game for the Italian team, Virtus Bologna, for either $1 million or $2 million.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick talks to top agent Mark Bartelstein, who blasts NBA Commissioner David Stern on how he's handling negotiations.

--The New York Times' Howard Beck notes how very few players have actually gone overseas.

--CBS Sports' Ken Berger criticizes the league's lack of urgency in ironing out a deal.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes the absurd and amusing things some athletes, including Metta World Peace, have recently tweeted.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer wonders if a mediator would actually help labor talks.

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill weighs the pros and cons of NBA stars forming their own league.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as 710 ESPN's Dave Miller break down what Laker story lines go unresolved with the NBA lockout continuing.

--CBS Sports' Matt Moore believes decertification is unavoidable.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears argues that Michael Jordan should take a more active role in labor negotiations.

--Fox Sports' Chris Tomasson talks to various NBA Hall of Famers about the lockout.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell recaps Randy Pfund's coaching career with the Lakers.

--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock believes Derek Fisher isn't fit as the players' union president.

--CBS Sports' Royce Young believes players have the right to their fair cut. But he says their "Let us play" campaign effort is disingenuous.

--Lakers Nation's Jonathan Garza focuses on what the Lakers will miss during the lockout.

Tweet of the Day: "NBA TV had an average audience of 11,000 viewers last week (fewest ever). Among measured ad-supported cable nets, only Fuel (7k) had less." -- TVSportsratings

-- Mark Medina

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Photo credit: Mark D. Smith / US Presswire / Feb. 27, 2011

 
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