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NBA lockout: Outlook appears bleak

October 21, 2011 | 10:17 am

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.'s J.A. Adande isn't surprised both sides haven't reached an agreement.'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.'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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