I really dont know too much about this story but I will say the people that lost their jobs? Most have to be replaced. So my guess is L.A wasnt making any money so they couldnt pay their employees. Therefore, you are layed off until the lockout is ended then rehired. Its not like the Lakers are hiring cheap labor outside of America to replace them or machines/computers are taking their jobs. No money is being made, so you cant pay employees just because. Maybe some can now go out and get a temporary job in the meantime to make money while the lockout takes place.
I dont know the story, just thought this stuff up because it made sense.