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NBA lockout: Players union appears disjointed

Derek Fisher

*We will have a live chat at 1 p.m. Bring your questions!

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Derek Fisher's statement demanding a retraction of two foxsports.com stories stating that he had met secretly with NBA Commissioner David Stern and was willing to accept the owners' hard-line proposal of a 50-50 split of basketball-related income.

--Bresnahan also looks at all the different things that could have happened on NBA opening night

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick highlights the letter from players association Executive Director Billy Hunter stressing the union isn't splintered. 

--The New York Times' Howard Beck talks with Stern, who says it isn't true he and Fisher have made a side deal. 

--CBS Sports' Ken Berger blames the prolonged NBA lockout on the agents. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at some of the recent NBA books that have caused a stir. 

--Fox Sports' Jen Floyd Engel has fallen out of love with the NBA. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky believes fan frustration will only worsen now that games are being missed. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe explains how an amnesty clause will prove problematic

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports that members of the NBA Players Association's executive committee will meet this week to map out their next move in stalled labor negotiations with league officials.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen talks with former Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who doesn't like how Jim Buss is running the organization. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer argues other NBA teams shouldn't run the triangle offense. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks to assistant coach Darvin Ham about Lakers Coach Mike Brown. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski believes Hunter is trying to make Fisher the scapegoat. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano previews the Lakers-Thunder game on opening night. Oh, if only it happened. 

Tweet of the Day: "LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT, YOU'RE AT IMPASSE--AFTER ONE WENT TO 50% WITH THE OTHER AT 52?... Forget the money, you're embarrassing yourselves" -- MWHeisler (Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "getting ride of Peace's $21 million will help LA clear out cap space to possibly sign CP3, but Peace still provides us with something--defense. Luke, however, is undeniably worthless and should be dropped ASAP." -- Edward Park

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers point guard Derek Fisher. Credit: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images

 
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