Thursday , Nov , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers’ Bender out indefinitely with knee injury

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers forward Jonathan Bender
will be out indefinitely due to his chronically injured left knee.

Bender, who played 11 minutes in Wednesday’s win over Atlanta, needs time to
allow scar tissue to heal, the latest set of injuries for the talented
forward. That was the first action that he has seen since Indiana’s season-
opener against Cleveland.

Bender has been plagued by the same injury for the past several seasons,
missing huge chunks of playing time.

According to head coach Rick Carlisle, there is no specific timetable for
Bender’s return. Last season, Bender missed the first 39 games of the campaign
after having knee surgery. He then missed seven more games due to
“postoperative soreness.”

Injuries continued to follow as Bender missed time with a shoulder sprain,
playing in just 21 games.

When Bender was on the floor he showed flashes of his ability, scoring 37
points in two playoffs games against Boston.

A 1999 lottery pick out of high school, Bender has a career average of 5.7
points per game in 230 career games with the Pacers.