Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 10:24 am  |  22 responses

Jonathan Bender Set to Attempt Comeback

Jonathan Bender, out of basketball since the ’05-06 season, is attempting to make an NBA roster this coming season. In the 28-year-old Bender’s own words:  “I didn’t want the windows to close on me. I wanted the opportunity to fight off the demons inside my head … I read these articles that say, ‘He’s the top bust’ or ‘He’s one of the guys who didn’t live up to their potential.’ I don’t want to be 38 or 40 looking back thinking, ‘I should’ve done this.’ ” If you want to follow Bender’s comeback attempt (and it may cost you $), visit this site that he updates daily. Just a few months ago, Bender seemed satisfied with life after the NBA.

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Aren’t his knees shot??

  • Anony Mous

    I always wondered what happened to him.. for that matter where’s Michael Dickerson or whatever his name is?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Yeah, he had terrible knee issues. He says now that he’s feeling better. We shall see. I mean, he looked real heavy in SLAM 126

  • tk

    Perfect example as to y they say “HAVE SMTHG TO FALL BACK ON?” U can’t hoop ur whole life youngins.

  • http://vittoriodezen.wordpress.com Vittorio De Zen

    Good luck to him. I haven’t a clue how he’s going to be able to do this without the cartilage in his left knee, but we’ll see I guess. Dude had a load of potential.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    There’s a reason he feels healthy now – he hasn’t played in 4 years.

  • LeMay

    he was never any good anyway. hel prob make the clippers

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Um, Bender was good. Actually, he used to be real good. Damn injuries.

  • underdog

    He’s still a bust, though.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    I wouldn’t say “real good” but I think he could have been a 15-7 guy if not for his knees

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Good article about the guy in ish 126 (not sure if that’s the one though) – seemed like he has a good thing going for him in life after basketball. However, I don’t think it’ll be easy for him to make a successful comeback. There are a lot of worthy, athletic guys out there and only so many spots to fill.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Good luck, Jon B.
    On a side note: Whatever happened to Joseph Forte? Remember him?

  • Anony Mous

    I don’t remember Forte but I still want to know where Michael Dickerson is at.

  • Josh D

    Was this the guy who was in the Mag?

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    I remember Forte. He had off court issues, got booted off the Sonics. I think he plays in Italy now. I’m hoping Bender makes it back, he had so much talent.

  • MattM

    Michael Dickerson, if you mean the guy who played for the Grizzlies, suffered a career ending groin injury if I’m not mistaken.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    MattM: Career ending groin injury? Oh good god…

  • Seven deuce

    I’m still wondering what all the fuss was about all those years ago. Son never played much and didn’t do much when he did. Best of luck though.

  • Anony Mous

    I was just reading after you put career ending injury, and it says he’s trying to make a comeback. Maybe a bit too old though, he’s 34 or so.

  • http://yahoo.com Logues

    u guys had a sweet poster of him a really long time ago, i hope he gets to play, he wouldve been a good player

  • Harrell

    I Live in Memphis and I never heard of that with the groin injury(still sounds hanous)

  • Seven deuce

    Has a 6′10+ perimeter based player EVER turned out to be the player anyone expected him to be? The fallacy that one exists and is about to re-define the game has gotten a lot of guys drafted and even more fired. If they don’t develop a semblance of a post game, they all end up being cautionary tales. It’s a nice myth, but the reality is far from it. What will Bender bring to NY that Wilson Chandler doesn’t?