go to MSN.com
Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Anybody remember Johnathan Bender?  Former High School to NBA leaper that never really panned out in the big show?  It’s OK; nobody will fault you if you don’t remember his story.  I had to go look up his career page just to remember who drafted him, and how much time he actually spent in the NBA. Bender was drafted by the Pacers in 1999 and spent parts of seven seasons with the team before leaving the NBA for three seasons.  He attempted a short comeback with the Knicks in 2009, but only played an average of 12 minutes in 25 games. Of course, his career was derailed pretty early on, as knee injuries took their toll on someone renowned for his jumping ability.  But give the kid credit – he could have become one of the many stories we’ve all heard about former athletes who have nothing to fall back on when their careers are suddenly over.  But Bender was apparently paying attention during all of those hours spent in the trainers room and in workout or physical therapy sessions.  In fact, he was paying such close attention, that he has now invented a new training device for recovery from [...]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
7 Comments:
  • How is it a bust to play 7 seasons in the NBA? The average NBA is career is less than that. He also made $30 million in his career. More than every single employee of Yardbarker will EVER make in their entire lives COMBINED.
  • Really, after reading that article that is what you took out of it??? Get a life where you don't see the negative in every thing...jerk.
  • I agree he did well for himself. But, I think they are saying his career was a bust because he didn't live up to his expected hype coming out of high school, not because he didn't make a lot of money. If LeBron only averaged a few points a game and seven seasons, his NBA career would have been considered a bust too, no matter how much he made.
  • comment below viewing threshold

    show comment

  • That's not what he took out of it. That's what he took into it. The author used "bust" to make the story more compelling and they were wrong.

    As soon as I saw the picture of Jonathon Bender, I knew the writer was way off base. Injuries do not create a bust. Losers like tossing around the term bust, because it somehow makes them and the athlete on equal footing, and it makes the story more colorful, if it were true.

    I'm sorry the author of this "piece" chose not to identify themselves, otherwise we would know who the real career bust is.

    By the way. Awesome job JB. Way to turn a negative into a positive. I'm sure you'll make more off this invention than the yard barker rag writer's do at their...umm.. craft.
  • I agree with awesome job, and I live in Indy. Jonathan was never able to realize his potential, but the locals realize he had a fragile frame and was prone to injury. He did what he could.

    In a period fraught with thugs and bums at the Pacers, Jonathan was not among them. I am happy he has succeeded in his post-NBA life.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Antonio Brown on contract: 'I've got enough' money

Kaepernick posts insensitive joke about Houston floods

50 Cent’s boxing company files for bankruptcy

Rangers-Lightning Game 6: Prediction for elimination game

Phillies GM says team's fans 'don't understand the game’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Adrian Peterson reportedly has considered retirement

Report: Bulls could cheat Tom Thibodeau out of coaching jobs

Report: Russell Wilson to skip Seahawks' first OTAs this week

Former NFL wideout Joe Horn calls Roger Goodell 'the devil'

Dolphins expect Ndamukong Suh to attend voluntary OTAs

Kyle Long has great reaction to Bears releasing Ray McDonald

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Robinson Cano's slump: The good news, the bad news

Joe Maddon unhappy over Cubs’ ‘awkward schedule’

Buck Showalter takes shot at Marlins over management

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with 'serious misconduct' issues

Cavs' Kevin Love cleared to travel with team

Four crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs thus far

The National League pack of first baseman is ridiculous

Everyone is a doctor when it comes to Steph Curry

LeBron gives praise to teammate Tristan Thompson

NFL OTAs: Learning, communication & camaraderie

Rockets players got media release about Warriors' sweep

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Antonio Brown on contract: 'I've got enough' money

At a time in the offseason when certain players are staying away from team activities in order to potentially receive a new contract, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has a rather awesome take on his own contract issue. “This is a community that I love,” Brown said Tuesday, via ESPN.com. “My kids go to school here. I want to keep a good reputation. Obviously...
Via Sportsnaut
51 minutes ago

Kaepernick posts insensitive joke about Houston floods

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a cringe-worthy lapse in judgment on Tuesday when he made an Instagram post about the deadly floods that have been affecting the Houston area. Kaepernick shared a photo of cars submerged in water and made a reference to a hashtag that he has been using to talk himself...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 hours ago

50 Cent’s boxing company files for bankruptcy

50 Cent’s boxing promotional company has filed for bankruptcy, but that does not mean the rapper is exiting the business. According to TMZ, legal papers show 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions filed for bankruptcy in Connecticut court on May 25. 50 Cent’s company recently put on a fight card in Connecticut on May 15. The papers...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 hours ago

Rangers-Lightning Game 6: Prediction for elimination game

The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from their second trip to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Securing their fourth win of the Eastern Conference Final won’t be easy against a New York Rangers team that thrives in do-or-die situations. The Rangers are 6-1 in games in which they were facing elimination since the start of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. That run...
Via NESN.com
8 hours ago

Phillies GM says team's fans 'don't understand the game’

The Philadelphia Phillies are once again one of the worst teams in baseball, and their general manager has apparently grown tired of the fans for getting on his case about it. When asked on Monday if the team is planning to trade any of its veterans and potentially bring up pitching prospects Aaron Nola and...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 hours ago

Adrian Peterson reportedly has considered retirement

While it would be a shocking development to say the least, those reportedly in the know say that Adrian Peterson on many occasions has considered retirement from the NFL as opposed to returning to play for the Minnesota Vikings. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that “some who have talked to Peterson with...Read More The post Report: Adrian Peterson considering retirement...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 hours ago

Report: Bulls could cheat Tom Thibodeau out of coaching jobs

The relationship between Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls front office is not functional, which is why Thibodeau has one foot out the door after leading the team to the postseason each year since he was hired in 2010. Despite that, one would hope the Bulls would part ways with Thibodeau in a professional manner....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 hours ago

Report: Russell Wilson to skip Seahawks' first OTAs this week

It’s already well documented that the Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson are at an impasse in contract extension negotiations. Entering the final year of his deal, Wilson is looking to potentially become the league’s highest-paid player. Meanwhile, Seattle doesn’t seem to be willing to come close to matching that demand. If things are split between the two sides...
Via Sportsnaut
10 hours ago

Former NFL wideout Joe Horn calls Roger Goodell 'the devil'

There is no doubt NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t viewed in a favorable light by most in the public these days, but Joe Horn took the criticism to a new level in a recent interview. Horn, a former NFL receiver and four-time Pro Bowler, held nothing back when asked about Goodell (via thefootballgirl.com: “I don’t like what Roger Goodell is doing. He has so much power...
Via Sportsnaut
11 hours ago

Dolphins expect Ndamukong Suh to attend voluntary OTAs

Ndamukong Suh is expected to attend Miami Dolphins voluntary OTAs this week. This is a surprising development, albeit one that should be highly beneficial. The star defensive end skipped out on workouts after one day last month, and Suh is known for missing voluntary workouts in the past. Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post provided the report, per a source. He also provided...
Via Sportsnaut
12 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.