Bobby Gonzalez says Mike Rice may grow and learn from suspension

By Adam Zagoria

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Bobby Gonzalez knows a thing or two about being a controversial Big East coach in New Jersey, and so he has a few thoughts on Mike Rice’s three-game suspension and other conditions at Rutgers.

Gonzalez, the former Seton Hall coach who said he’s now doing some freelance NBA scouting, said he feels empathy for Rice but believes that the Rutgers coach may grow and learn from the experience, which reportedly stemmed from him throwing basketballs at his players’ heads during practice. Rice must also undergo anger management, will have a minder at practice and reportedly must make the postseason to keep his job going forward.

He is eligible to return Jan. 2 at Syracuse.

“I would say, first of all, that I think Mike Rice is doing an outstanding job and I mean that sincerely,” Gonzalez told Tuesday at Knicks practice.

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