Bender's return on hold a while longer

Updated: December 15, 2009, 7:06 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After being sidelined for nearly four years, Jonathan Bender is confident a new training regimen will allow his troublesome knees to handle the pounding of playing basketball again.

The newest member of the New York Knicks was inactive for Tuesday's game against Charlotte. Coach Mike D'Antoni said Bender will probably sit out Thursday's game in Chicago, too. But the 7-footer with the soft shooting touch no longer has constant bone-on-bone pain from a lack of cartilage ...

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