Derek Fisher denies side deals with David Stern (Web links)
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Lakers guard and players union President Derek Fisher disputing a report from Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock that he's making side deals with NBA Commissioner David Stern.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande explores what there is to do without the NBA and riffs on Kim Kardashian's divorce from Kris Humphries.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding provides excerpts from Jerry West's recent autobiography, including how he would have ended the dispute between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal.
--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman wonders if anyone actually wants to read Shaq's tales about disliking Kobe Bryant anymore.
--NBA.com's Shaun Powell believes the season isn't lost.
--ESPN.com's Marc Stein first obtained Fisher's letter to the players union denying any rift within the players union.
--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock stands by his report that players union Executive Director Billy Hunter and at least one member of the union’s executive committee confronted Fisher about their belief that Fisher’s push for a 50-50 basketball-related-income split with NBA ownership was part of a deal Fisher had privately cut with Stern and/or Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver to deliver the union at 50-50.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Miami Heat owner Micky Arison was fined $500,000 Monday for recent comments he made on Twitter that violated the league’s censure on speaking publicly about the lockout
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano remains conflicted about whether the players should accept a deal or not.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore lists 37 things he'll miss about the Lakers' opening night.
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Photo: Derek Fisher addresses the media last week after a round of labor negotiations with NBA leadership. Credit: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images