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NBA lockout: Players union given ultimatum (Web links)

Derek Fisher/NBA players union

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why it appears the players union and NBA owners aren't close to a deal.

--The Times' Bill Plaschke talks to Magic Johnson about the 20th anniversary of his announcement that he tested positive for HIV. 

--The Times' Ben Bolch explains how Johnson's HIV announcement sparked Pau Gasol's interest in the medical field. 

--The Times' Diane Pucin talks to various people close to the NBA about the 20th anniversary of Johnson's announcement. 

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports that the players union will discuss Tuesday whether to cave into the owners' demands or decertify. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr talks to Johnson's former teammates about his HIV announcement. 

--The Postgame's Les Carpenter marvels at Johnson's longevity. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding lists three key points about the NBA lockout. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer highlights the impact Johnson has had since announcing he has HIV. 

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper explains what Johnson has done to raise HIV awareness. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky and Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talk with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti about Johnson's HIV announcement. 

--Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum marvels at Johnson surviving with HIV. 

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chris Broussard report that the players union has summoned player representatives from all 30 teams for a mandatory meeting Tuesday. Stein also recalls covering Johnson's HIV announcement

--Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan highlights the players union's anger with the owners' ultimatum. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, despite his vocal opposition to being more accommodating to the players union, didn't speak at all during Saturday's meeting. 

--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock criticizes Jordan for "selling out on the players."

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano is frustrated that the issues surrounding the NBA lockout remain the same. 

Tweet of the Day: "Magic, in 1991: "God gave (this) disease (to) the right guy. I’m going to beat this, and do something really good with it."" -- LakersReporter (Lakers.com's Mike Trudell)

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players union, speaks to reporters after a negotiating session Sunday. Credit: Allison Joyce / Reuters

 
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