On the heels of his tweet that the league is set to start training replacement refs, comes the official news from Adrian Wojnarowski that the NBA has locked out the referees:
Talks ended on Thursday, when the league and NBA Referee’s Association were unable to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The NBA will use Developmental League and WNBA officials to start the preseason, and perhaps, the regular season. […]
The union believes that the NBA is asking for too many give backs in the league’s current proposal, and voted 57-0 among its officials to reject the NBA’s latest offer.