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OKC Loud Links: Mediation Day

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Today, mediator George Cohen will be meeting with the NBA and NBPA to hopefully see if a common ground can be met. I do believe that an agreement lies in each party's willingness to listen to the truth and then say, "this is the truth."

Larry Coon gives us a run-down on how the proceedings work and what will likely be discussed.

Shane Battier's quotes resonate with me. JaVale McGee's, not so much.

"There is no better mediator in the country than the head of the FMCS. He's the superstar of our profession."

Stern Right In Seeking More Parity | HoopsHype

Here is another hard cap proposal that involves an interesting notion - breaking the tie between salary structure and years of service.

Nets are Scorching TV Episode 4: Tim Donahue | Nets are Scorching

CBA Guru and 8 Points, 9 Seconds writer Tim Donahue joins the video chat to chime in on all things CBA-related. Unsurprisingly, he also bears a striking resemblance to Clooney, which is unfair on so many levels.

KD Is #6: Right or Wrong? | Daily Thunder

Young had one of the ESPN votes for the NBA player ranking, and here he defends the #6 spot for Kevin Durant. 

More links after the jump.

Exposing Some Facts Lost in the Rhetoric | Newsday

If you've been studying the lockout with us here, then chances are there aren't a lot of new 'facts' revealed in this post but never the less it is a good overview of where things sit.

On 'Competitive Balance' | SB Nation

Sharp piggybacks on Aldridge's work from yesterday, noting that the notion of competitive balance should reside purely in the jurisdiction of the Scottish sheep cloners.

'Flex Tax' the Best Solution for Competitive Balance | CBS Sports

Berger writes that one way to better assign tax penalties lies in greater luxury tax flexibility.

Durant: Players Have Sacrificed | ESPN

Durant continues to work at the forefront, arguing that the players have done their duty to meet the owners half-way.

Q&A With Hornets Chairman Jac Sterling |

Good news for Hornet fans - it looks like they are staying put in New Orleans.

When Shawn Kemp Blew Up | Ball Don't Lie

If you had to choose one guy who would balloon during this lockout, who would it be? (Eddie Curry votes are automatically excluded)

Dismal David Maims His League | HoopSpeak

David Stern's media rush probably is doing more to hurt the NBA brand than help it. This isn't 1999, but the aftershocks might be similar.

Danny Granger to Host Lockout Dinner for Conseco Workers | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Pacers star Danny Granger is offering not just rhetoric, but actions to back up his words in how he cares about his organization.

Let's Play Make Believe: Part 2 | Hardwood Paroxysm

Among other things, here is a reminder that the Thunder's "Russell Westbrook problem" is really a function of a lot of different things, including Kevin Durant's still growing game and frame.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Byron Scott | Hardwood Hype

If you're new to the game, you may only know Cavaliers coach Byron Scott for his coaching work this past decade. However, there was a time when he was an integral piece to one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history. As a Celtics fan growing up, I kind of hated him too.

Nazr Mohammed: Not enjoying his Quinoa Salad | Twitter

I'd nominate Nazr Mohammed for OKC father of the year for this arrangement with his daughter.