Sydney Kings coach Adam Forde has been fined for his post-match blast at the referees following their NBA loss to the Perth Wildcats.
The Kings went down 95-89 at the RAC Arena on Thursday and Forde afterwards let loose at the officials, accusing them of home-town bias.
The tirade was fuelled by Casper Ware's fourth foul as Sydney, who led by one point at the time, had to change tack on Bryce Cotton who then scored seven quick points among 12 in the final quarter.
An unsportsmanlike foul against Craig Moller then angered Forde more as the Wildcats used the two shots and possession to push their lead out to seven points.
Forde, the former Wildcats assistant coach, began the press conference with almost a 10-minute outburst.
"The same word means two different things. Marginal contact for Perth works in their favour. Marginal contact for Sydney does not," he said.
"The feedback we have is the last two tech fouls are unwarranted and what's marginal is really a case by case scenario. Unless you have a reputation, because we've got to factor in the human element and I get that. There is a human element.
"We saw the human element today. We had a local ref call a foul on Casper Ware for a clean block on Bryce Cotton and it's a one-point game. There's a human element. Sure I get that.
"Then there's an unsportsmanlike foul that's called and that part's reviewed and that's always going to be hard to gain but I can't help but think maybe these are the same guys sitting up there going 'you know what, maybe it is unsportsmanlike because it's Craig Moller'."
Forde added he wasn't in any doubt the Wildcats had an advantage when playing at RAC Arena.
"When you go back the last three seasons including this season, the foul difference in favour of the home team is 4.67 in favour of Perth," he said.
I'm telling you what the fact is. I want to replicate that. I want to ask the refs. I want to talk to Scott Butler (NBL referees boss) and say 'how can we do that in Sydney' because the next closest team is nowhere near it.
"You can combine second and third team, home court difference in the foul count and it doesn't add up to that 4.67."
Forde was fined $5000 and suspended for one game. The one-game suspension and $3000 of the $5000 fine will be suspended for a period of 12 months.
The Kings have until Friday to appeal the decision.