NBA, union have productive meeting

Updated: June 2, 2011, 6:32 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MIAMI -- Commissioner David Stern felt there was progress. Union executive director Billy Hunter said he is "hopeful."

So a month before a potential lockout, there was some reason for optimism about the NBA's labor situation.

Representatives of the league's owners and players met for about four hours Wednesday and will get together twice next week in Dallas as they try to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expires June 30.

"I'm hopeful, ...

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