NBA lockout: Outlook appears bleak
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why both sides remain far apart in the NBA labor negotiations.
--True Hoop's Henry Abbott remains skeptical about the NBA wanting competitive balance.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande isn't surprised both sides haven't reached an agreement.
--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner focuses on the role Portland owner Paul Allen played in Thursday's meeting.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck argues the lack of progress will threaten November games.
--CBS Sports' Ken Berger describes the lockout as a "circus" and his optimism regarding a solution appears sapped.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes that the Jay-Z, Kanye West concert conflicts with the Lakers' Dec. 13 game against Toronto.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer argues the NBA Players Assn. can't win in the negotiations.
--Fox Sports' Randy Hill remains disgusted with the NBA labor talks.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe believes any hint of progress evaporated from Thursday's meeting.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky traces back to when Mike Brown first wanted to coach the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes Lakers Coach Mike Brown's belief that the Lakers can still retain their identity.
--Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan explains why the split of revenue led to talks coming to a halt.
--Grantland.com's Bill Simmons has become an L.A. Kings season ticket holder because of the NBA lockout.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears explains why Brown isn't afraid to succeed Phil Jackson.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski outlines why there remains strong division.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano criticizes the owners' position in NBA talks.
Tweet of the Day: "Dear guys who take time to read NBA blog, then email writer of said blog to say you hate pro basketball: You're awesome. Never change." -- ZachLowe_SI (Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I wonder how many fans will become discouraged and frustrated by the long delay and just lose interest all together??" -- Chris Perez
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