LMAO at all of you who keep saying "I don't care what he has done to his body over the offseason" because you would all be the first to rip him if you heard he was only 6'11" and 200lbs coming into camp.
This really helps Bender with his post D. Since we are in the EC I would love to see alot of Bender and O'neal as the bigs. Bender would really help free up O'neal down low more so than Foster, Pollard and even Croshere. Because Bender is so long and athletic, his man can't even cheat a little because he would cut to the hoop and JO could simply toss him the ball. Like with KG, once he gets the angle on you, goodnight.
This is all assuming Bender stays at 240 and can play through the pain. The thing is, this year the team needs him. Last year and the year before we didn't because we had Ron and Al. I think Bird traded away Al knowing fully that he had a player waiting to explode on the bench. Bender won't sit out with nagging little injuries anymore. I am sure that JO, Ron and even Reggie won't stand for that because now they need him.
Worst Case Scenario: Bender slightly improves but still misses quite a few games leaving SJax and FJ more time.
Best Case Scenario: Bender holds his own and finds his groove with CONSISTENT PT while he fills Al's role as 6th man playing SF/PF and some C.