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NBA lockout: Lakers owner Jerry Buss wants to make a deal

October 24, 2011 | 10:16 am

Lakers owner Jerry Buss, left, is eager to get the season underway since he has few revenue streams outside of basketball. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, center, and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen are pushing for changes that they say will help small-market teams.

--The Times' Lance Pugmire, Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner surveyed front office executives, league officials, players, attorneys and others close to the game to get a sense of where the owners stand. Among their findings: Lakers owner Jerry Buss is a dove and that he has little revenue stream outside of basketball.

--The Times' Mike Downey gives a positive review to Jerry West's new autobiography.

--NBA.com's David Aldridge provides a detailed rundown of the NBA lockout, including an awesome Simpsons reference. 

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick criticizes the NBA for how it's handled the lockout. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr talks to Matt Barnes at a charity event Saturday about the NBA lockout. 

--Fox Sports ranks Buss as the NBA's second best owner behind Dallas' Mark Cuban. Apparently winning one title means more than winning 10. 

--CBS Sports' Ben Golliver highlights the mess the NBA has made in trying to refute the notion that Blazers owner Paul Allen played a large role in ruining the momentum in Thursday's labor meeting. 

--Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler pokes fun at everything surrounding the NBA lockout and believes the season will still start on Dec. 1. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky travels to St. Louis to visit family and friends and realizes no one cares about the NBA lockout. 

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen reports Mike Brown plans to add at least three more people to his coaching staff, including an assistant coach and two "player-development" guys.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford also details how Brown's kept busy this offseason.

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman takes a look at some of the excerpts from West's autobiography. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano found a pretty cool Kobe Bryant montage in the video below:

Tweet of the Day: "Organizers of NBA stars global tour still scrambling this morning to get television distribution deal done, sources say ... Several players, Puerto Rico promoters, waiting for payments to be wired today. Tour may still happen, but typical cluster-you-know-what." -- WojYahooNBA(Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The players have shown considerable flexibility in agreeing to a 4.5% collective pay cut and working out a number of smaller issues with the owners. By dragging out these negotiations, the owners are allowing their greed to cost them millions and millions of dollars. Somebody needs to save them from themselves." -- Michael Lichter

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers owner Jerry Buss, left, is eager to get the season underway since he has few revenue streams outside of basketball. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, center, and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen are pushing for changes that they say will help small-market teams. CreditL: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images; Amy Sancetta / Associated Press; Ramin Talaie / Bloomberg.


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