Let the Bender watch begin. I am not giving up on the guy, anyway what choice do we have.
Without Artest and Al, Bender becomes a very necessary player. The Pacers need him now. Pacers current active roster is filled with one-demensional players.
Bender getting close
Jonathan Bender hopes to be ready for activation Jan. 4, when the Pacers play Milwaukee.
Bender has been on the injured list since Nov. 19 to give him time to strengthen specific leg muscles and build up tissue in his knees to try to prevent the injuries that have plagued him the past two seasons. He missed 61 games last season and 36 two years ago.
He's encouraged by his progress.
"Oh, yeah," he said. "It's feeling close to what it did in high school. It's starting to feel real, real good."