While coach Mike Woodson wanted to keep the incident inside the organization, he did hint that it was related to Stoudamire's attitude about substitutions.
"There's a standard of behavior in the locker room, on the floor and everywhere else that I think you have to uphold as a good teammate that just isn't there," Woodson told The AJC. "I'm not going to tolerate it. Not from Salim or anyone else on this team."
Stoudamire, whose enigmatic reputation has followed him through his career, was benched earlier in the season for essentially the same offense. Lute Olson, his coach in college at Arizona, benched him in both his junior and senior seasons because of his attitude and demeanor.
Stoudamire's agent, Aaron Goodwin, said he spoke with Hawks general manager Billy Knight to find out what precipitated the suspension.
"I'm definitely talking to Billy about the circumstance involved," Goodwin told the paper. "I want to make sure Salim is being treated fairly."