NBA lockout: Players union mulls over deal
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report the owners want a "repeater tax" that exceeds the luxury tax three times in a five-year period, but the players think it would curb spending.
--True Hoop's Henry Abbott finds it encouraging the rhetoric on both sides isn't as heated.
--CBS Sports' Ken Berger talked to various sources who indicated the owners didn't really revise much of their proposal during Thursday's meeting. Berger also talks to Celtics legend Bill Russell, who believes the hard-line owners are being unreasonable.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports the Lakers re-signed Ryan West to their scouting department, plan to re-hire video coordinator Patrick O'Keefe and that Rudy Garciduenas won't be back.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe explains why he's optimistic both sides will reach a deal soon.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as Dave McMenamin debate whether there will be a 2011-2012 NBA season.
--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen presents two options for the players union: accept the deal or decertify.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell highlights the team's volunteer event at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey
--ESPN.com's Marc Stein talks to sources that indicate the owners made very few concessions on the system proposal the players union hoped they would make.
-- Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski talked to several unnamed players who expressed frustration that the union has already conceded so much, and it's possible the players will instead just decertify.
Tweet of the Day: "Deals typically done when both sides see something they don't like but could live with. Hunter and Stern both sound that way tonight." -- sam_amick (Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Sorry to everybody that thinks this is about greed. This is about just even holding a bit of diignity. Stern abused the players in 1999. Let's let the people we pay to see play have a bit of their own. The players have gone from 57% and only an effective but not declared salary cap to 50% and a chance at a hard cap and revenue sharing (which us Lakers fans are sacrificing). That is a sacrifice. The owners have given us nothing but lies about their profits." -- Phred Phredphredington
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