|1999 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 5th overall by Toronto.|
|1st August, 1999||NBA||Draft rights traded by Toronto to Indiana in exchange for Antonio Davis.|
|5th August, 1999||NBA||Signed four year, $11,368,785 rookie scale contract with Indiana. Included team option for 2002/03.|
|5th October, 2001||NBA||Indiana exercised 2002/03 team option.|
|31st October, 2002||NBA||Signed a four year, $27.2 million extension with Indiana.|
|14th June, 2006||NBA||Waived by Indiana.|
|13th December, 2009||NBA||Signed an unguaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with New York.|
|August 1999 - June 2006||Indiana Pacers (NBA)|
|December 2009 - June 2010||New York Knicks (NBA)|
March 19, 2013
Jonathan Bender - Back in retirement after finally going on on his own terms, Bender's website states that Bender, ever the entrepreneur, has now started a coaching program, and also invented fitness equipment.
January 5, 2011
Jonathan Bender - Bender's comeback last season was a nice story with an anti-climactic ending. A bench player for an underwhelming Knicks team, Bender went unsigned in free agency and has not caught on anywhere since. In the court time he managed, Bender showed some skills on both ends of the court, albeit without any of the athleticism that made him such a coveted asset before the injuries. He was, to coin a phrase, all right. But an extended comeback has not been forthcoming, and it's unclear as to whether he even wants one.
July 30, 2010
Jonathan Bender - Last season, Bender came out of retirement at the ripe old age of 28 to play for the Knicks. Bender was always good, but retired because he ran out of bone cartilege; after a few years of letting the pain subside, Bender came back to see if he still had anything to give. He was OK, putting up a PER of 10.8 in 25 games, not helped by a broken finger. Bender's lost the athleticism of his youth, but he's a skilled face-up 7 footer who can shoot and drive the ball. He's always been an incredibly disinterested rebounder, and he turns it over quite a lot (perhaps in part due to the lack of court time), yet Bender can still block shots, even now he can't jump as much. He's a permanent injury risk, but he's still intriguing.
December 14, 2009
Bender retired in February 2006 after being assumed to have been retired for a long while prior. He had begun to break out in the 2001-02 season when he averaged 7.4 points in 78 games for the Pacers, but not only was that the best he'd ever play, it was almost the most he'd ever play. Bender's games played total plummeted from there on out; from 78 in 2001/02, to 46 in 2002/03, to 21 in 2003/04, to 7 in 2004/05, to only 2 in 2005/06. He suffered from a degenerative knee condition that caused chronic pain due to the destruction of the knee's cartilage, and there was no way back from that, forcing his retirement. There still isn't, really, which is why I wrote this when we last covered Bender back in January:
Jonathan Bender is still retired, and probably always will be.