The trials and tribulations of Bobby Gonzalez are mostly behind him. What lies ahead? After his dismissal from Seton Hall -- which followed a 19-win season, a slew of bad player behavior and an extremely unflattering profile in the New York Times, and was soon itself followed by Gonzalez's arrest for the alleged theft of a $1,400 Ralph Lauren man-satchel -- Gonzalez doesn't have a coaching job for the first time in 25 years. So what's next? In an interview with FanHouse, Gonzalez says he has a few things lined up:
Gonzalez said he has feelers out about scouting jobs for NBA teams, and about television analyst jobs. During his years at Manhattan and Seton Hall, he did work for the regional cable stations and for NBA-TV, and he has recently visited the Knicks' training camp (he got to know coach Mike D'Antoni when both were in USA Basketball) as well as the Bobcats'.
"I'm looking forward, not backwards,'' he said Saturday. "I'm looking forward to the future. I'm excited. Things happen for a reason, I feel good about what we accomplished (at Seton Hall). I'm looking forward to the future, period. I'll be rooting for our kids, and that's really it.''
For all the bluster of Gonzalez's departure from Seton Hall -- including some choice words for Seton Hall's law school dean and an infamous in-person rant at Fox reporter Jeff Goodman at the NBA Draft -- the coach seems decidedly settled. For most of his FanHouse interview, he doesn't seem bitter. Rather, he seems like someone willing to take the good with the bad, to step back and see the wider perspective, to enjoy a little downtime for the first time in decades. This is a decidedly positive step.
And then, of course, comes a quote like this:
Pointing to the successes at Seton Hall, and claiming that while there and at Manhattan his teams won 80 percent of their games against New York-New Jersey area opposition, Gonzalez said: "It's not just me, it's terrific coaches working hard, terrific players, terrific recruits, tough kids. We had a lot of big wins (at Seton Hall). We were at Manhattan and we had some big wins.
"A lot of people were happy when we were let go. I said, 'That's probably because we won.' When you lose, you're a nice guy, but when you win ... "
For the record: In Gonzalez's four years at Seton Hall, the coach won 13, 17, 17, and 19 games, respectively. His team earned one postseason berth, which was last year's flameout in the first round of the NIT (which was punctuated by forward Herb Pope's groin-punch to Texas Tech's Darko Cohadarevic). But, yes, that's the reason Gonzalez is perceived the way he is. With an overall record of 65-59, Gonzalez simply won too much.
Shine on you crazy diamond. Shine on.