2) J.J. Redick tells Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that he would sign a petition to put decertification to a vote if the union and the league cannot agree to a new collective bargaining agreement soon. Redick believes the players are "getting screwed" and tells Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel he would be willing to miss the season to get a better deal.
3) One thing is certain, the union is not falling apart, John Karalis of Crossover Chronicles writes.
4) Henry Abbot of TrueHoop writes that, if basketball means anything to the owners, the time to concede, make a deal and claim victory is now.
5) A national poll shows that more than three quarters of respondents are not missing the NBA. Hopefully the owners got that message.
6) In the midst of the players rejection of the latest deal, Derek Fisher offered a ray of hope (for the second time). He said the player would accept a 50/50 deal if it came with system adjustments the players favor.
7) Jeff Clark of Celtics Blog recognizes we are on the border of either saving the season or seeing it fall off a cliff. At what points will the fans stop being stuck in the middle?
8) ESPN's TrueHoop Network ranks the best rookies entering this year. Utah's Alec Burks got some votes for third best rookie. If only we could see them play.
9) Howard the Dunk checks in on some forgotten Magic players playing overseas. I always wondered what happened to Steven Hunter.
10) Wondering if Bobcats owner and hard-liner Michael Jordan is a hypocrite is missing the point, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes. Instead, he says we should focus on the role emotion has played in souring bargaining.
11) In an interesting twist, Dwight Howard and Tim Tebow had a little bonding experience over Twitter after Tebow's Broncos defeated the Raiders.
12) Be sure to get to know the rest of the Bloguin NBA network. Eventually we will all start writing again soon.
13) The Magic and the city are sitting down in the very near future to discuss the future of event management and operations at the Amway Center, Mark Schlueb of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Right now the city controls a lot of it, but the Magic might get more control to streamline things.
14) The Orlando Sentinel revisits Nov. 9, 2007, when the Magic went on the road and upended the Knicks.