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NBA lockout: Outlook appears bleak

Derek Fisher

--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

--Mark Medina

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Photo credit: Frank Franklin II / Associated Press

 
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