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NBA lockout: More optimism surrounding talks

Derek Fisher

--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.'s David Aldridge notes how both sides made progress on the luxury tax.'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.'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)

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players' union. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

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