NBA lockout: More optimism surrounding talks
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how both the NBA owners and players union made some slight progress in a 15-hour meeting Wednesday to Thursday morning on various issues. Bresnahan also explains why younger teams will benefit from a lockout-shortened season, while older teams will struggle.
--NBA.com's David Aldridge notes how both sides made progress on the luxury tax.
--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner talks with economist Kevin Murphy, who sat in on Wednesday's labor meeting.
--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick believes it's presumptuous to think a deal is imminent.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck mentions the possibility both sides could reach a deal by this weekend.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer suggests NBA fans should celebrate the possible end of a lockout in their own way.
--TrueHoop's Tom Haberstroh provides an in-depth analysis on discovering that spending has little to do with ensuring competitive balance.
--The New York Daily News' Frank Isola notes the effort to salvage the full season.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe breaks down the NBA trade market.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down what Mike Brown's assistants bring to his coaching staff.
--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock talks with Steve Nash and Grant Hill, who criticize the owners' for hypocrisy regarding the NBA lockout.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski explains that talks centering on system issues resulted in significant progress on how much luxury taxes each team pays.
Tweet of the Day: "I haven't slept a moment since yesterday with all this NBA stuff going on. A deal is closer, but can still get nixed over BRI. We'll see." -- stephenasmith (ESPN's Stephen A. Smith)
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Photo: Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players' union. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press