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NBA lockout: Union disbandment brings uncertainty (Web links)

November 15, 2011 | 10:11 am

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner explain how the union's disbandment puts the 2011-12 NBA season in jeopardy.

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott wonders why the players union didn't hold a formal vote. 

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues the NBA's legacy is tarnished. 

--Grantland's Jonathan Abrams talks to an economics professor about the union's disbandment. 

--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner also believes the 2011-12 season is in jeopardy. 

--The New York Times' Howard Beck explains how the union's disbandment affects negotiations. Beck also looks at how a new collective bargaining agreement will affect NBA teams

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes it's possible the Lakers' core lineup will be dismantled because of a lost season. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky shares his experience covering the players union's meeting  in New York.

--The New York Daily News' Mitch Lawrence talks to some legal experts who are skeptical the union's disbandment will work. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe explains why the 2011-12 season isn't completely lost yet. 

--Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann breaks down in the video below the legal ramifications of the union's disbanding:

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen faults both sides for allowing the lockout to last this long. 

--Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan had been optimistic the sides would reach a deal. 

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein obtained a letter that players union Executive Director Billy Hunter and President Derek Fisher sent to players explaining why the union disbanded. 

--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock praises the players for standing up to the owners. 

--ESPN.com's Michael Wilbon remains disgusted with the NBA lockout. 

Tweet of the Day: "We've done a bad job stating our position to the public. It's impossible to get fan support when you're talking about millionaire athletes. We are so blessed to play bball for a living that it becomes easy to say take any deal and be happy. Especially in this economy. Fans talk of NBA players being greedy. But what about the guys willing to sacrifice their big pay day for what's fair and just for others." --  MoneyMase (New York Knicks guard and union executive committee member Roger Mason Jr.)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "When are people going to realize pro sports is not the same as your average mcdonalds employee? These guys possess skills 99% of all people will NEVER have regardless of how hard they train. it isnt like they can just hire the next guy and have them take an order on a cash register. These guys are the best in the world at what they do and deserve to be fairly compensated!" -- Stephen Garrett II

-- Mark Medina

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