Union chief Billy Hunter pleased at halfway point

KYLE HIGHTOWER Associated Press Published:

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Billy Hunter says he is pleased with the state of affairs at the halfway point of the compressed NBA season.

The union leader says he is waiting to see official revenue figures from the league, but officials have indicated the players will see higher numbers than expected.

Part of the reason, Hunter believes, is positive player stories such as New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

Still, he says the ultimate assessment of how things have turned out following the summer labor strife will be how players fare this offseason in free-agent negotiations.

Hunter said Saturday based on the revenue concessions the players made, he doesn't think the owners can say they can't pay players and turn profits.