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NBA lockout: Season may not start on time

October 10, 2011 |  8:17 am

Derek Fisher and  Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBA players union, discuss the labor talks
--The Times' Lance Pugmire focuses on the NBA collective bargaining agreement meetings. Lakers guard and union president Derek Fisher said, "We're not necessarily any closer than we were." He also postponed a players union meeting scheduled for today in Beverly Hills. 

--The Times' Broderick Turner talks to players at Sunday's Drew League-Goodman League event about the NBA lockout. 

--True Hoop's Kevin Arnovitz breaks down the Drew League-Goodman League game. 

--The New York Times' Howard Beck notes the lack of progress in Sunday's labor talks, though another meeting is scheduled for today. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman highlights Kobe Bryant's brutally honest comments about Kwame Brown. 

--Fox Sports highlights Shannon Brown's hopes for a bigger role on a championship-contending team. That likely won't happen with the Lakers. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky laments that the Lakers are missing preseason games.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down Matt Barnes' performance in the Drew League-Goodman League game.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix provides details on the NBA and the players union failing to reach a deal during Sunday's meeting. 

--Fox Sports West's Michael Martinez says he believes the Drew League-Goodman League game served as the final weekend of basketball before the beginning of the NBA regular season is canceled. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notices how certain players paid homage to Bryant in the Drew League-Goodman League game.

--The Washington Times' Carla Peay argues that a lost or reduced NBA season will severely test fans' goodwill. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears report that NBA owners continue to push for a 50-50 split of basketball-related income as well as system changes, including harsh taxes for big-spending teams, a lowering of the mid-level salary-cap exception and a narrowing of players' "Larry Bird" exception rights.

--Lakers.com features the Laker girls' recent trip to China. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard notes the career parallels between Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

Tweet of the Day: "LET US PLAY #StandUnited -- derekfisher (Lakers guard and players union president Derek Fisher)

-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players union, addresses the media flanked by Billy Hunter, the executive director of the union, right, after a negotiating session Tuesday in New York. Credit: Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press


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