The owners and the Player’s Association had a meeting yesterday that was amicable. NBPA president Billy Hunter said the two sides remain far apart, but there was a ‘ray of hope.’ From the Boston Globe: “A few months ago, Hunter said he was 99 percent sure there would be a lockout. He backed off yesterday. ‘That was my opinion up until today,’ Hunter said. ‘In the room, that comment was made about, ‘this is our position and we intend to maintain.’ As time went on [in our meeting] it kind of softened, their stance, the manner in which [a lockout] was said earlier. You look for light or ray of hope wherever you can find it, so you kind of zone in on something significant that was said.’”