|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
May 21, 1976 |
Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|College||San Beda College|
|PBA draft||2001 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Mobiline Phone Pals|
|2001–2003||Talk 'N Text Phone Pals|
|2004–2009||Sta. Lucia Realtors|
|2013||San Miguel Beermen|
Norman Gonzales (born May 21, 1976 in Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player. He currently plays for the Blackwater Elite in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was drafted seventh overall by Mobiline in 2001.
Norman Gonzales is among the league’s toughest sixth man since he entered the league in 2001. He was known for producing big points, sometimes double-double during his amateur days and while he was playing in the defunct MBA. Known also as a good defensive stopper inside and outside, Gonzales spent his first two years with Talk 'N Text before signing up as a free agent with Sta. Lucia. He was dragged to controversy in the middle of 2003 regarding his illegal drug use while playing for Talk 'N Text, and his basketball career went down seemingly. But instead of giving up, Gonzales proved his innocence and continuously improved his game especially when Sta. Lucia team governor Buddy Encarnado gave him another chance to redeem his sinking career in 2004.
On August 27, 2009 he was signed by the Coca-Cola Tigers as a free agent where he became one of their reliable role players.
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
He along with J.R. Quiñahan and two future draft picks were traded to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for Doug Kramer and Josh Vanlandingham. However, he was not given a contract and was released days after.