NBA schedule to feature multiple back-to-backs (Web links)
— The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how the new labor deal might inhibit the Lakers' spending. Bresnahan also reports that the NBA schedule for the abbreviated season will have each team playing at least one set of three games on three consecutive nights.
— True Hoop's Henry Abbott breaks down the winners and losers of the NBA lockout.
— NBA.com's David Aldridge lists 10 things to look forward to in the coming season.
— True Hoop's Kevin Arnovitz previews how the CBA will affect the league six years from now.
— Fox Sports' Sam Amico previews the frantic upcoming month before the NBA season starts.
— The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding tells how the Lakers benefit and suffer from the new collective bargaining agreement.
— ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky analyzes how the compressed schedule will affect the Lakers.
— Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe weighs the pros and cons of a 66-game schedule.
— Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann believes writes about peripheral issues that players and owners still have to iron out.
— Fox Sports' Bill Reiter explains why the NBA needed to start on Christmas Day.
— ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports that NBA players are confident the proposed deal will become final.
— Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears lists the top NBA free agents.
— Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports the NBA and players are discussing the formation of a committee to study the minimum age for the league's draft.
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Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The games would actually be better because more rested, more prepared athletes would simply play better. It wouldn't be fair to start a 66-game season on Dec. 25 every year, though, as the compressed schedule probably hurts player performance." — Phred Phredphredington
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Photo: When the Lakers and Bulls open the season, Chicago's Derrick Rose could be guarded by Metta World Peace, formerly the defensive stopper known as Ron Artest. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times