Billy Hunter, the director of the National Basketball Players Association, spoke to Chris Sheridan after Thursday's NBA lockout talks in New York City. While there are conflicting reports as to just how much progress was made on Thursday, Hunter certainly works to keep up the appearance of doom first offered by NBA commissioner David Stern and NBPA president Derek Fisher, who told reporters on Thursday that they had "nothing to report."
Hunter held to his previous prediction that a lockout would cost the season.
"In general, we haven't made any progress," Hunter said. "I really don't think they're ready to do a deal. My position is that they said 2 years ago they were prepared to lockout for a year to get what they wanted, and I think the way they've negotiated gives every indication that that's bearing out.
"And while they're talking about not wanting to miss the season or having to cancel games, I'm not really sure that that's the truth," Hunter said.
Whether Hunter is speaking what he feels to be the truth or is posturing for effect to place more pressure on the league to cave is for you to decide.