NBA lockout: Should the players union decertify?
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that about 50 NBA players, including several all-stars, participated in a clandestine conference call with a top antitrust attorney to discuss the process of decertifying the players union.
--The Times' Melissa Rohlin talks with Jerry West about his autobiography.
--NBA.com's David Aldridge explains why the players union has low expectations entering Saturday's scheduled meeting with league owners.
--Fox Sports' Sam Amico argues that the players union needs to accept a deal now because the offers will only get worse.
--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports that players are attempting to apply pressure to the situation heading into Saturday's meeting in hopes that union leaders Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher don't make any more concessions.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck reports that the group of dissatisfied players intend to push for the dissolution of their union if the new round of negotiations fails this weekend -- or if the talks generate what is deemed to be an undesirable deal.
--CBS Sports' Ken Berger says decertification could bring progress toward a deal or be a complete disaster.
--The New York Daily News' Mitch Lawrence highlights the effort from Hunter and Fisher to express unity.
--Hoops Hype's Roland Lazenby remains concerned about Jim Buss' influence with the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky looks at the chances that Jamaal Tinsley could return to the NBA after the D-Fenders selected him with the No. 1 pick.
--Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann explains how decertification could threaten the 2011-2012 NBA season.
--ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chris Broussard report that Celtics guard Paul Pierce was the most vocal player during the conference call discussing decertification.
--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock says he believes that the players deserve a better deal, but that they will cave.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell reflects on Phil Jackson's coaching career.
Tweet of the Day: "In a bizarre, blind-squirrel sort of way, this decertification hocus pocus could have a positive effect on talks. I'll explain ... If owners/league finally realize the goal isn't unmitigated victory, but a deal, they will make the tradeoffs necessary to get deal done. But, decert threat could simply make each side dig in more. Strip Hunter of authority to negotiate and embolden owners to go for kill shot." -- KBergCBS (CBS Sports.com's Ken Berger)
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players union. Credit: David Karp / Associated Press