2011 NBA Lockout: 8 Ways Lockout Differs from 1999 for Kobe Bryant & League

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2011 NBA Lockout: 8 Ways Lockout Differs from 1999 for Kobe Bryant & League
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The 2011 NBA lockout may seem like familiar territory, but a lot has changed for Kobe Bryant and the rest of the league since 1999's work stoppage.

Last time around, the NBA lost five-and-a-half months, the entire offseason, 32 games and countless fans during their Collective Bargaining Agreement showdown.

Whereas ownership seems to have approached this lockout saying, "The players couldn't afford it in 1999, and they can't afford it now," one has to wonder whether the landscape has vastly changed for the league and its players this time around. 

There are both reasons for potential optimism as well as factors that could make this dispute longer, more acrimonious and more damaging than ever.

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