NBA lockout: Owners, players' union still at odds (Web links)
—The Times' Mike Bresnahan talked to an agent who said there is "absolutely" no way both sides will reach a deal Wednesday.
—The Associated Press reports players and owners plan to meet Wednesday.
—True Hoop's Henry Abbott believes the owners will reach a deal now if they care about salvaging the season.
—Fox Sports' Sam Amico says NBA owners are still in control of the labor dispute.
—The New York Times' Harvey Araton profiles NBA Commissioner David Stern.
—NBA.com's Steve Aschburner outlines the various system issues both sides need to fix.
—The New York Times' Howard Beck notices that this is the first time the players' union appears willing to take a 50-50 split in basketball-related income.
—CBS Sports' Ken Berger explains why the hard-line owners could ruin a deal.
—The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Kobe Bryant's Italian GQ cover.
—Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer highlights Derek Fisher's visit with Bill Clinton.
—ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down a few nuggets regarding the collective bargaining agreement.
—Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe explains the players' union's defiance against the owners.
—Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down the various system issues the players union and owners still need to iron out.
—The Washington Post's Amy Shipley talks to players' union attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who claims the NBA owners have been treating the players like "plantation workers."
—ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports that the players' union is prepared to take a 50-50 split in basketball-related income.
—Lakers.com's Mike Trudell highlights Magic Johnson's 20th anniversary since his HIV announcement.
—The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman wonders if a new collective bargaining agreement will end the Lakers' dynasty.
—Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that David Stern is authorized to make tweaks to the various system issues.
—Pro Basketball Talk's Ira Winderman explains how the length of a CBA could prove crucial to the labor deal.
—Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard looks at the final years of Kobe Bryant's career.
Tweet of the Day: "I think there is a real possibility lockout ends today, as I've been convinced owners will give on some system issues in exchange for BRI." -- sam_amick (Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The Owners are Multi-Millionaires and Billionaires, while theirs a handful of players that 8 figures the rest make a doctors salary, which isnt that bad, but tell a doctor not to work for a job...what do you think is gonna happen. my point is that some or Most Owners are Greedy the Union already gave you 100millon per year (43 to 47 percent= 100 million per year over the next 10 years =1 billion)" -- Jeff Hall
— Mark Medina
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Photo: Derek Fisher, president of the NBA Players' Assn., speaks during a news conference Tuesday in New York. Credit: Associated Press Photo / Frank Franklin II.