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NBA lockout: Players' union, management cut off phone contact (Web links)

NBA players' union President Derek Fisher, left, and Executive Director Billy Hunter

— The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why NBA players consolidated their lawsuits Tuesday.'s Steve Aschburner focuses on the role courts will play in the NBA lockout.

CBS Sports' Ken Berger faults both sides for refusing to call each other this past week. 

The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes how Power Balance's financial problems will hurt Lamar Odom.

Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman argues that proposed system changes won't eliminate bad contracts. 

ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as Ramona Shelburne debate what damage a lost NBA season will do to the Lakers. 

Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe wonders if the NBA can lift the lockout. 

Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan provides a rundown of his exchange with NBA players attorney David Boies on why he shouldn't be against calling the league.

Grantland's Bill Simmons offers a hilarious take on what motivates key players involved with the NBA lockout. 

Tweet of the Day: "THIS JUST IN: @NBA STILL FOLLOWING PLAYERS LIKE MARC GASOL, CBUDINGER! Whoever runs NBA-TV, team sites, must think locked-out guys all died" -- mwheisler(Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"Businessmen tend to be narcissists. It's part of the process of ego that gets people to take risks. Now, this group of narcissists (owners) have been having to babysit a bunch of entitled narcissists (players) for years while dealing with risk which the players do not have. Sooner or later, they get tired of it and must think, "We're not going to enable these babies any more!" and they become hardline by drawing a line in the sand. It's not healthy, but it is a natural extension of the dynamic established by two competing groups of narcissists." — Jon. K

— Mark Medina

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Photo: Players' union president Derek Fisher, left, and . Credit: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images / Nov. 15, 2011

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