NBA lockout: Owners, players to meet Wednesday
--The New York Daily News' Mitch Lawrence reports that representatives for NBA owners and the players union will return to the bargaining table Wednesday in a midtown Manhattan hotel.
--TrueHoop's Henry Abbott analyzes the points both sides can negotiate during Wednesday's meeting.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck and Ken Belson explain the different perspectives among the NBA owners.
--CBS Sports' Ken Berger believes a deal can be made so long as both sides become reasoned.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr talks to Lakers television announcer Bill Macdonald about his new gig.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer believes Phil Jackson was justified in kicking Jerry West out of practice.
--ESPN.com's Scoop Jackson says the players need to miss the whole season to make a point.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe explains why the NBA's pursuit of competitive balance remains complicated.
--NBA.com's Shaun Powell wonders if Wednesday's meeting will actually be productive.
--SheridanHoops.com's Chris Sheridan reports that owners have dropped their insistence that players agree to a 50/50 split of revenue.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith says both the owners and players need to compromise more during negotiations.
--Fox Sports' Chris Tomasson talks to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, who says the NBA lockout has increased the league's players in competing in the 2012 London Olympics even more.
--CBSSports.com's Royce Young remains skeptical about the NBA's insistence on competitive balance.
--Lakers Nation's Alex Torres looks at the top five clutch playoff victories during the Kobe Bryant/Pau Gasol era.
--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard sizes up where Dwight Howard might play next season, including for the Lakers.
President Obama also remains perplexed as to why the NBA lockout has lasted for so long. His thoughts in the video below on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
Tweet of the Day: "Feeling strangely optimistic about today's NBA lockout talks. They made a little ground on Monday. Not sure there as far away as we think. Could see players conceding 50/50 BRI, but in return they get 5 yr max deals, midlevel starting at 5m + opt-out before next TV rights deal." -- sportsguy33 (ESPN.com's Bill Simmons)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The new CBA will basically be constructed so as to dismantle the Lakers, Heat and Mavs. Dan Gilbert, Pete Sarver et al are just sick and tired of having to make decisions. Despite the fact that they pay people to make them, it's now on the rich owners, the players, the fans and the arena staff to shoulder the hardships of life so the billionaires can go light another Cuban. Please, this is getting absurd." -- Jamie Sweet
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Photo: NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media before an NBA labor negotiation session last week in New York. Credit: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images