NBA lockout: Regular season may not start on time
*We'll have a live chat today at 2 p.m. where there is surely plenty to discuss regarding the NBA lockout. Bring your questions!
--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues the players union should accept a pay cut.
--The Times' Lance Pugmire notes the comments from NBA Commissioner David Stern, who said he'll cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if both sides can't reach a deal by Monday.
--The Times' Broderick Turner notes the various tweets NBA players sent out about the lockout.
--Grantland's Jonathan Abrams travels to West Virginia to explain why Jerry West has trouble seeking happiness. A definite must-read.
--NBA.com's David Aldridge breaks down some numbers to explain why both sides haven't reached a deal.
--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick takes a look on how the next few days might unfold.
--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner believes the season won't start on time.
--CBS Sports' Ken Berger explains why the season can still be saved.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe argues a 50-50 split in basketball-related income (BRI) might be the best option.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky isn't surprised the NBA canceled its preseason.
--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix highlights a memo the players' union sent out explaining why they rejected a 50-50 split in BRI.
--CBSSports' Matt Moore argues the players' union needs to take a deal that involves a 50-50 split in BRI.
--Fox Sports' Bill Reiter criticizes the NBA for squandering a good opportunity in salvaging the season.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell reflects on Pat Riley's coaching career with the Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker details the humbling experience Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder had with coaching in the D-League.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports both sides nearly reached a deal in Tuesday's meeting.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues the league needs to have revenue sharing to make it profitable.
--Lakers Nation's Gary Lee talks to former Laker Mychal Thompson about the NBA lockout.
Tweet of the Day: "Don't be surprised to see a union meeting in Miami this weekend, coinciding with LeBron James's star-heavy charity game." -- ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Are the NBA players crazy or what???? One man said "it is just a sign of the times. We now live in a me first generation". I agree with him. These tall people have no idea what real life is like and do not seem to understand that they are just plain lucky. The rest of us would love a chance to make millions for playing a game but we all are not 6ft something and that is basically the only difference between NBA players and the rest of the general population.
Further, during these really difficult times for Mr. and Mrs. average American these players are showing nothing other than bigtime immaturity by walking out on their jobs. Doing that is something I have NEVER agreed with and there certainly have been many cases where worker work-outs made a lot more sense than this one." -- Louis J Asmo
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern says the first two weeks of the regular season could be scrapped if a labor agreement is not reached soon. Credit: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images