Okay, I know the potential danger in creating a thread with Bender's name in it. Nevertheless, (people should use the word nevertheless more... it's very regal sounding) I will attempt the impossible and try to ask a few serious questions that's been weighing on my mind for the past two weeks:
1. What if Jonathan Bender actually turns into back-up dynamo at PF? I'm talking Al Harrington type numbers with more blocks and better perimeter shooting. What will you think of him?
2. What if this is the year he finally stays healthy and productive the entire season? What will you think of him then?
3. In light of many of the negative thoughts and comments we've shared on Bender the past 5 seasons, how will you feel about him if he actually follows through on his potential and is a big-time contributor during the playoffs?
I'm not asking whether you think this will happen or not. That's been debated to death. :.
Let's assume that each of the afformentioned scenarios plays out. What would your reaction be? What kind of impact would it make on the team if any?
I've blasted Bender before in the past as well as 3/4s of the forum community. It's been fun and an annoyance all rolled up in one. What if those days are over and Bender actually starts living up to the hype?
My guess is he'd instantly become a fan favorite. He'd go from whipping boy to golden boy in the course of one season. But I'm curious to know what you guys think.