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317Kim
10-13-2005, 06:23 AM
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051013/SPORTS04/510130415/1088
October 13, 2005

Aggressive Bender offers Pacers hope

By Mike Wells

You expected more excitement from the voice on the other end of the phone.
Indiana Pacers forward Jonathan Bender was less than 24 hours removed from scoring 13 points, including attempting a game-high 14 free throws, in the preseason opener against the New Jersey Nets.

More encouraging was the manner in which he scored -- on aggressive drives to the basket that drew fouls. Drives that showed his right knee is OK.
Ecstatic? Elated? Not Bender. Not yet. Not after what he has endured the past three seasons.
"There's no reason to get excited about it because it was just one game," Bender said Wednesday. "I'm not surprised at how I played because that's how I played in the summer."
Others might have done a double take at his opening act.
It certainly didn't look like the same Jonathan Bender who has played a total of 74 games the past three seasons because of an assortment of injuries. Bender said his knee was "a little sore when I woke up, but that's expected."
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said the plan is to play Bender at the power forward position because "it gives him a quickness advantage."
Bender said his objective is to get to the rim.
"My goal is to play as aggressive as I can," he said. "In the past, I would get in games and play more like a robot; just run to the spot where I need to be at on the court, not looking at every option. If I've got a big guy on me that isn't as quick, I'm going to put the ball on the ground and go by him."
His play Tuesday certainly didn't surprise his teammates. Bender, the No. 5 pick in the 1999 draft, has been doing that throughout training camp.
"Jonathan's amazing," guard Stephen Jackson said last week. "To see him out there running and jumping, he looks like the old Jonathan Bender -- the high school Jonathan Bender."
Bender, of course, has heard that praise almost every preseason.
He knows every compliment comes with a concern about his health.
"I'm not worried about what people think," he said. "I'm just out here to play my game and help my team."
Injury update
Carlisle said forward Jermaine O'Neal (thigh) might play tonight against Utah. Rookie Danny Granger (ankle) is doubtful and David Harrison (side pain) and Jeff Foster (Achilles tendon) are out.
There is some concern that Foster might not be ready for the regular-season opener Nov. 2 at Orlando. He has not participated in contact drills in practice.
"It's hard to say," Carlisle said. "We still believe he'll be ready for Nov. 2, but right now it's hard to put an exact date on his return. We're trying not to take any unnecessary risks with him."
Bender's career
Jonathan Bender has struggled with injuries throughout his career. In the preseason opener Tuesday, the 24-year-old forward showed glimpses, again, of what he can do when healthy.
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Hope this hasn't been posted yet. If it has you know what to do Dr. C :) .

Pacers#1Fan
10-13-2005, 08:06 AM
God I hope he stays healthy.

MagicRat
10-13-2005, 09:59 AM
Carlisle said forward Jermaine O'Neal (thigh) might play tonight against Utah. Rookie Danny Granger (ankle) is doubtful and David Harrison (side pain) and Jeff Foster (Achilles tendon) are out.

Well that's a little disappointing. I was hoping to see Granger tonight......

Mordecaii
10-13-2005, 01:48 PM
Well that's a little disappointing. I was hoping to see Granger tonight......

I just want to make sure that Danny is healthy before he steps out onto the court... I'd like him to be competing for minutes during the season and not sitting on the bench injured.

MagicRat
10-13-2005, 01:54 PM
I just want to make sure that Danny is healthy before he steps out onto the court... I'd like him to be competing for minutes during the season and not sitting on the bench injured.

I pay full price for pre-season games. He needs to get out there and play hard, hurt or not.........:censored:

MagicRat
10-13-2005, 02:00 PM
U mad, doggy.

Dangit!

I just do me. I buy half season tickets. I go to games, and I try to take pictures for the forum. I have a family, so if you hear me about being in the club getting it popping, that's not true. I'm married with three children. I don't care what people think about me. I'm in the balcony every season. I'm like the king of the balcony. Nobody does it how I do it. That's pretty much it man. I'm a regular fan. I don't really try to wild out. They be calling me "low key this, reserved that" but you can't blame me. I grew up around low key and reserved people. You can't blame me for who I grew up around................

grace
10-13-2005, 02:26 PM
I pay full price for pre-season games. He needs to get out there and play hard, hurt or not.........:censored:

So you want him to be the next Grant Hill: Orlando, the early years.

Bball
10-13-2005, 02:33 PM
Bender said his knee was "a little sore when I woke up, but that's expected."

.."to be expected"... Much like it is to be expected that this pain will get worse as more practices and games take place...

And like it is to be expected that he won't or can't play thru this pain...

Fortunately I've set the bar so low in my expectations for Jonathon Bender that he won't have to do much for me to be pleasantly surprised.

-Bball

Arcadian
10-13-2005, 04:16 PM
:bunny:

DisplacedKnick
10-13-2005, 04:40 PM
Hater.

Supporting Bender=Supporting the Pacers.

Every fan should love every player completely.

And I will hug him and squeeze him and love him and ...

317Kim
10-13-2005, 04:44 PM
And I will hug him and squeeze him and love him and ...

:nod:

Gyron
10-13-2005, 04:51 PM
And I will hug him and squeeze him and love him and ...

Don't Squeeze to hard, you might break him.....:D

DisplacedKnick
10-13-2005, 05:01 PM
Don't Squeeze to hard, you might break him.....:D

LOL - for those who watched Bugs Bunny, that was sort of the point (part of it anyway)

317Kim
10-13-2005, 05:02 PM
:lol:

Eindar
10-13-2005, 05:13 PM
See, this is what makes me mad. Prior to training camp, Jeff Foster was 100% guaranteed to be ready for the regular season. Then he had a minor achilles injury. Then it was a little more severe than expected. Now he might miss some time in the regular season. So is the guy actually missing a leg, and we're not going to find out about it till the all-star break? Surely they knew days ago that he was probably going to miss the season opener and some regular season games.

And what is up with David Harrison? These injuries are really getting to me.

Ralph Snart
10-13-2005, 05:31 PM
I say Bender's new nickname should be "Sick Note."

Jonathan "Sick Note" Bender has a nice ring to it. It rolls off the tongue.

317Kim
10-13-2005, 05:32 PM
:nod: it does roll off.

Tom White
10-13-2005, 06:34 PM
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051013/SPORTS04/510130415/1088
October 13, 2005

Aggressive Bender offers Pacers hope

By Mike Wells

Tuesday, the 24-year-old forward showed glimpses, again, of what he can do when healthy.


Yep, let's see now, 1-5 from the field and 1 rebound in 16 minutes.
He sure showed everyone, didn't he?

I know, I know, he hit his free throws. Still, 1 rebound in 16 minutes?

Bball
10-13-2005, 07:24 PM
See, this is what makes me mad. Prior to training camp, Jeff Foster was 100% guaranteed to be ready for the regular season. Then he had a minor achilles injury. Then it was a little more severe than expected. Now he might miss some time in the regular season. So is the guy actually missing a leg, and we're not going to find out about it till the all-star break? Surely they knew days ago that he was probably going to miss the season opener and some regular season games.

And what is up with David Harrison? These injuries are really getting to me.

If I was cynical I'd think they downplay or even sweep these injuries under the rug in an attempt to not throw a wet blanket on fan enthusiasm... and potential ticket sales.

-Bball

SoupIsGood
10-13-2005, 07:58 PM
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10-13-2005, 08:01 PM
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Pacers#1Fan
10-13-2005, 10:33 PM
I love the way Bender is playing. He was a little TO agressive tonight.

317Kim
10-14-2005, 06:51 AM
I love the way Bender is playing. He was a little TO agressive tonight.
6 fouls in 12 mins. too agressive...atleast he won't be too tired to play tonite vs. twolves :) .

Pacers#1Fan
10-14-2005, 07:59 AM
6 fouls in 12 mins. too agressive...atleast he won't be too tired to play tonite vs. twolves :) .good point

Pacers#1Fan
10-14-2005, 08:00 AM
It's nice that he plays hard one night and we still expect him to play the next night. He is showing some great signs.

DisplacedKnick
10-14-2005, 09:16 AM
It's nice that he plays hard one night and we still expect him to play the next night. He is showing some great signs.

:brilliant :thumbup:

Jon Theodore
10-14-2005, 02:26 PM
This thread makes me laugh.

pizza guy
10-14-2005, 02:36 PM
This thread makes me laugh.

Me too. The thought of Bender providing the team with hope is just :laugh: able.

It is nice however to see him on the court. He's played aggresively and isn't hurt yet, so, it is encouraging. I think once JO comes back out, if JB is still going strong, that's a pretty tough frount court. JO, SJax, Ron, and JB all there to bother the ball handler and contest the shots is a scary notion to me. I wonder if Gilbert Arenas would've made that game-winning layup
against us with that line-up?

DisplacedKnick
10-14-2005, 02:51 PM
Me too. The thought of Bender providing the team with hope is just :laugh: able.

It is nice however to see him on the court. He's played aggresively and isn't hurt yet, so, it is encouraging.

Uh, maybe you should try this thread:

http://www.pacersdigest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15589&page=3

Start about halfway down with UncleBuck's post.