Kobe Bryant soars to hoop over Tim Duncan during Game 4 of the 2001 Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles. While the Lakers remain at home watching the playoffs, Duncan has his Spurs two wins away from a trip to the NBA Finals. (John W. McDonough/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant | Tim DuncanMcCALLUM: San Antonio’s boring label is misleadingAMICK: Duncan is guiding force for Spurs’ success

Kobe Bryant soars to hoop over Tim Duncan during Game 4 of the 2001 Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles. While the Lakers remain at home watching the playoffs, Duncan has his Spurs two wins away from a trip to the NBA Finals. (John W. McDonough/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant | Tim Duncan
McCALLUM: San Antonio’s boring label is misleading
AMICK: Duncan is guiding force for Spurs’ success

Allen Iverson attempts a layup against Kobe Bryant during Game 5 of the 2001 NBA Finals. This year’s 76ers squad has been one of the league’s biggest surprises and after last night’s victory over the Bulls, proved they are a serious Eastern Conference contender. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Philly-Chicago | Box ScoreLOWE: Philly trounces the Bulls, prove they are contendersLOWE: Can the Sixers hold up against elite defenses?

Allen Iverson attempts a layup against Kobe Bryant during Game 5 of the 2001 NBA Finals. This year’s 76ers squad has been one of the league’s biggest surprises and after last night’s victory over the Bulls, proved they are a serious Eastern Conference contender. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Watch highlights of Philly-Chicago | Box Score
LOWE: Philly trounces the Bulls, prove they are contenders
LOWE: Can the Sixers hold up against elite defenses?


Here’s one solution for owners: Lasso up your top player and force them to agree to a new labor deal (as Mark Cuban does to Dirk Nowitzki in this 2001 SI photo shoot). It seems that may be the best to achieve a deal as the NBA lockout stretches into its 102nd day. The two sides are meeting again today in New York City in a last-ditch effort to avoid canceling the first two weeks of the regular season. (Jeffrey Lowe/SI)
LOWE: System issues at forefront of labor talksAMICK: Enough of this: Let the players take a voteGALLERY: Revisiting the ‘98 lockout | Lockout tweets

Here’s one solution for owners: Lasso up your top player and force them to agree to a new labor deal (as Mark Cuban does to Dirk Nowitzki in this 2001 SI photo shoot). It seems that may be the best to achieve a deal as the NBA lockout stretches into its 102nd day. The two sides are meeting again today in New York City in a last-ditch effort to avoid canceling the first two weeks of the regular season. (Jeffrey Lowe/SI)

LOWE: System issues at forefront of labor talks
AMICK: Enough of this: Let the players take a vote
GALLERY: Revisiting the ‘98 lockout | Lockout tweets