Brandon Bender has ties to runner

Updated: April 30, 2011, 3:10 AM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Ken Caldwell has had a sidekick in recent months -- former Louisville basketball player Brandon Bender.

The 6-foot-10 Bender, who left the Cardinals as a freshman in 2002 under acrimonious circumstances, transferred to NAIA Robert Morris College in Chicago. He went pro early from there, signing with agent Mike Naiditch. Multiple sources say Bender has worked with Naiditch over the years, trying to secure clients, but Bender has denied it.

After an overseas career, Bender returned ...

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