Players union vows in letter not to back down
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix obtained a letter Players Assn. President Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter wrote to union members where it states it's going to hold its ground during negotiations.
--The Times' Ben Bolchreports that Lakers rookies Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock have maintained the tight-budget lifestyle they had in college because of the NBA lockout.
--ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussardreports that top-level agents have backed away from pushing the union to decertify.
--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine features a funny photo of Hunter and Kobe Bryant. Clearly, Kobe doesn't look too optimistic about both sides reaching a deal any time soon.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk to Grantland's Jonathan Abrams about his recent story on Jerry West.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne argues that Lakers owner Jerry Buss' openness toward revenue sharing isn't the final hand he's dealing.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano maintains optimism regarding the NBA lockout.
Tweet of the Day: "I'll be shocked if David Stern and Billy Hunter don't meet between now and Sunday night. Only question is if we'll find out where." -- RicBucher (ESPN the Magazine's Ric Bucher)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Billionaires flexing their dollars to wear down unions. Its happening all over the country. Billionaires buying publicity and politicians and publicity to wear down the public support for unions is also happening all over the country, although not in this particular case." -- Joe Gallagher
Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern says the first two weeks of the regular season could be scrapped if a labor agreement is not reached soon. Credit: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images / October 4, 2011)