Print and Go Back NBA [Print without images]

Friday, November 19, 2004
Forward resting to allow scar tissue to heal

Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Indiana Pacers forward Jonathan Bender is expected to be out six weeks with an injured left knee.

Bender will be out indefinitely to allow scar tissue to heal, the latest in a series of injuries.

Jonathan Bender
Indiana Pacers
2 8.0 3.5 0.5 .500 .500

"It's a hit for us, for sure," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said Friday night before facing the Detroit Pistons. "But right now, it's more important for the long term for our franchise that Jonathan is healthy."

The Pacers will rest Bender to allow scar tissue to heal.

He played 11 minutes in Wednesday night's win over the Atlanta Hawks, the first time he'd been on the court since the season opener against Cleveland.

Bender has been plagued by the injury for years, missing huge chunks of time, then coming back for a few games, only to miss more time.

"He needs to go through a period of rehab and conditioning," Carlisle said. "Right now, it's too much of a yo-yo, up-and-down situation. We went through the same thing with his other knee last year."

The 7-foot, 235-pound forward has averaged 5.7 points and 2.2 rebounds during his first five seasons.