The NBA owners and Players Association met yesterday for over five hours of talks, and both plan to meet again today. There are encouraging signs to take away from this: consecutive meetings (hadn’t happened prior), neither side taking jabs at the other through the media and, with time running out, hopefully added pressure to finally get a deal done. But still, don’t get your hopes up. At least not yet. But the fact that more meetings are being scheduled must mean that some progress is being made.
Also worth noting is the players confidence in Billy Hunter, the executive director of the NBPA. Sam Amick of SI.com wrote about a possible division in the players camp. It seems that many are blaming hunter for the lack of progress in negotiations over the CBA. There has been talk of a divide in the owners camp between small and large market owners, but this is the first time I’ve heard of anything like that going on with the players. Hopefully these rumblings force Hunter into a little more action. Right now I’m not counting on it, but I may change my mind after a couple of more meetings.