NBA lockout: Plenty of blame to go around (Web links)
--The Times' Lance Pugmire notes how both sides remain far apart on a pending collective-bargaining agreement.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan catches up with Luke Walton on what he's learned as an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues that the NBA shows little regard for its fans.
--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick believes the players can't get the upper hand in negotiations no matter what they do.
--Fox Sports' Sam Amico calls both the owners and the players union losers for failing to get a deal done.
--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner explains why both sides are far apart.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck notes that no additional meetings are planned at this time.
--CBS Sports' Ken Berger faults both sides for not having more negotiations earlier in the off-season.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Kobe Bryant's recent comments about why no one player can ever be considered the greatest ever.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that the NBA stained itself by cancelling the first two weeks of the regular season.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer talks to unnamed arena and concession workers upset about the lockout.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky remains numb to the lockout negotiations.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky isn't surprised about the NBA canceling the first two weeks of the season.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe looks at 10 great NBA games that no one will see because of the lockout-shortened season.
--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix believes the lockout will last a long time.
--CBS Sports' Matt Moore says the players union should decertify.
--CBS Sports' Ray Ratto believes the owners don't care if they lose an entire season.
--Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan explains why he had thought the NBA season would start on time.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears talks to frustrated players about the NBA lockout.
--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen predicts the season will still be salvaged, but it will take a long time for both sides to reach an agreement.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski faults David Stern for the NBA lockout.
Tweet of the Day: "Why are the owners unwilling to negotiate in good faith? As a player I apologize to the fans that we're in this position" -- SteveNash (Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:
"Sorry, can't feel sorry for the owners. If you think buying an NBA franchise is a bad investment and that you'll have difficulty turning a profit, exercise that business acumen of yours and DON'T BUY IT! If, on the other hand, you don't mind sharing in the bounty of a major professional sports league and don't shoot yourself in the foot, then a team ain't such a bad deal." -- Phil Fountain
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, and Billy Hunter, executive director of the players' union, arrive Monday for a round of negotiations in New York. Credit: Louis Lanzano / Associated Press