National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter gave more reason to enjoy the football season when he said "If I had to bet on it at this moment, I would probably say no" when asked about there being a 2011-12 NBA season.
I'd already resigned myself to the fact I wouldn't watch NBA games before January based on conversations I'd had with various folks around the league before the NBA locked out its players.
No one on either side seemed optimistic of anything more than a 50-game season. I'd still bet on that happening before the season is cancelled. Then again, when it comes to the NBA lockout, I'm treating it like the NBA Draft. I won't believe anything until it happens.