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NBA lockout: Kobe Bryant attends labor talks

October 4, 2011 | 12:30 pm

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the progress Kobe Bryant and Italian pro team Virtus Bologna have made in brokering a deal.

--The Times' Lance Pugmire mentions Tuesday's labor meeting will likely determine if the NBA will scrap the remainder of the exhibition season. 

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick details a letter drafted by the league's top agents outlining for players a list of demands for Tuesday's meeting. 

--CBS Sports' Ken Berger argues Tuesday's meeting is very important. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes the conflicting messages Virtus Bologna has sent out regarding whether they reached a deal with Bryant. 

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill predicts the NBA missing regular season games would have a lasting impact.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen doesn't expect the NBA will reach a deal. 

--SheridanHoops' Chris Sheridan believes common sense will ultimately prevail. 

--Lakers.coms' Mike Trudell details Paul Westhead's coaching career with the Lakers. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski criticizes David Stern's bullying tactics. 

Tweet of the Day: "NBA labor meeting started around 12:30. Kobe, KG, Pierce, Ben Gordon, @Amareisreal all in attendance." -- HowardBeckNYT (New York Times' NBA reporter Howard Beck)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: Artest has shown on many occasions that he can guard just about any player in the league, including LeBron, Kobe, Wade, KD, Carmelo, you name it. taking him out of the starting lineup will allow these players more time to get into rythmn, which can be disastrous for the lakers. just look at how artest limited KD in the 2010 playoffs, and you get an idea how effective he is. watch the vids of artest defending carmelo, and you know why he should remain a starter. -- Dennis Chu

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Photo: Kobe Bryant greets a fan in Rome during a visit last week. Credit: Riccardo De Luca / Associated Press / September 29, 2011.