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NBA lockout: Meetings yield little progress

October 3, 2011 |  1:00 pm

Derek Fisher

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports Kobe Bryant won't play in Italy for Virtus Bologna unless he gets insurance.

--The Times' Lance Pugmire explains why the NBA owners and players union are still "miles apart" regarding negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.'s Steve Aschburner notes that both sides will meet both Monday (small group) and Tuesday (large group). 

--ESPN the Magazine's Shaun Assael reports that Bryant's procedure on his right knee this summer in Germany involved Dr. Peter Wehling manipulating his blood.

--The New York Times' Howard Beck observes how the length of Saturday's meeting was disproportional to what was accomplished in the meeting. 

--CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports the league owners and players union agreed to separate the division of basketball-related income (BRI) from the system issues, such as cap, contract length, nature of exceptions and luxury tax. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky details some of Dr. Wehling's medical history. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues Bryant should focus more on the NBA lockout than entertaining oversees offers. 

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen believes it's unlikely the NBA season will start on time.'s Mike Trudell highlights Bill van Breda Kolff's coaching career with the Lakers (1967-69). 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith argues Bryant's priorities are mixed in pursuing overseas offers instead of having more involvement in the NBA lockout negotiations. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Bryant is pushing for a deal with Virtus Bologna that would allow other Italian League teams to enjoy the financial benefits from his presence. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore recaps the last week in lockout negotiations. 

--Lakers Nation's Elizabeth Benson argues the Lakers must invest in developing Devin Ebanks. 

Tweet of the Day: "I'd have to go with the Lakers as America's Team. Bulls are the runner-up. The Lakers because of their star power, history and multiple banners. Plus the most recognizable basketball brand outside of the US." -- thechrispalmer (ESPN the Magazine's Chris Palmer)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Love him or hate him, Kobe is the consummate professional. All his decisions are driven by two simple things: excellence in basketball and monetary remuneration for his efforts. Neither of those reasons should be objectionable to his fans in the U.S.

He'll do well and he will return safely once the NBA season has resumed. Relax and enjoy the man's game and keep in mind that if whatever business you work for locked you out, you would think it absurd if the customers in that business expected you not to find alternative employment." -- Fernando Edwards Carcamo

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Derek Fisher, president of the NBA Players' Assn., talks to reporters after Friday's lengthy negotiating session. Credit: Michael Cohen / Getty Images / September 30, 2011)