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NBA lockout: The sides aren't talking, but the pundits are

November 18, 2011 |  9:40 am

There are no negotiating sessions currently scheduled between NBA Commissioner David Stern and locked-out players

*Kobe Bryant will participate in United Way's Homewalk Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m.  at Exposition Park. 

--The Times' T.J. Simers says he believes the NBA season will start in time for Christmas Day games.

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott looks at a deal both sides in the NBA labor dispute could have accepted.'s Steve Aschburner reports that there are no negotiating sessions currently scheduled. 

--CBS Sports' Ken Berger argues that the NBA legal fight could end in disaster. 

--The New York Times' Howard Beck outlines the labor dispute. 

--The Associated Press' Brian Mahoney reports that the NBA owners held a conference call Thursday not in response to the players union's litigation, but to get an update on the status of the negotiations.

--ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard reports that the call lasted only 20 minutes.

--Sports Law Blog's Marc Edelman breaks down the players' antitrust lawsuits. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, along with Ramona Shelburne, discuss how the players' antitrust lawsuits will affect the NBA lockout.

--The New York Daily News' Mitch Lawrence says he believes that NBA stars won't go overseas. 

--Fox Sports South's Vincent Thomas says he believes that fans will quickly return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends. 

Tweet of the Day: "For now, owners will review lawsuits, wait for players to miss checks on Dec. 1, sources say. They're still doubting resolve of players. One thing seems certain: Stern, owners want to meet with Hunter to negotiate, not anti-trust lawyers. Appears league will wait for call." -- WojYahooNBA (Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski)

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern during an Oct. 10  news conference in New York. Credit: David Karp / Associated Press