Former Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady is considering coming out of retirement after being offered a position with the Raptors.

Keady, who went 512-270 in 25 seasons with the Boilermakers, retired after last season. But Wayne Embry, Toronto's senior adviser to the president, called Keady to offer him a job as a consultant or bench coach for the NBA franchise.

Keady will take a Caribbean cruise with his wife, Pat. They plan to decide by Dec. 6.

* PORTLAND SUSPENDS PATTERSON: The Trail Blazers placed F-G Ruben Patterson on the inactive list after he cursed at Coach Nate McMillan during a loss to the Knicks on Sunday.

"We will not tolerate this type of behavior from any player," Blazers General Manager John Nash said in a statement released yesterday. "We will continue to demand a higher level of professionalism and personal responsibility from all of our players or we will continue to take appropriate action."

* KNEE NEWS: Nuggets F-C Nene had surgery on his right knee.

Team physician Steve Traina repaired a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a torn medial collateral ligament and a lateral meniscus tear, the Nuggets said.

The Brazilian player was injured Nov. 1 in a season-opening loss to San Antonio. At the time, the Nuggets said he would likely miss the rest of the year. . . .

Suns G Leandro Barbosa is expected to miss two to three weeks because of a sprained left knee.

* VAN ARSDALE AILING: Suns executive Dick Van Arsdale, the first player chosen by Phoenix in the 1968 NBA expansion draft, is recovering after he suffered a stroke on Saturday.

-- From News Services

Before retiring, Gene Keady went 512-270 in 25 seasons as Purdue's coach.