Jonathan Bender Reinvented in NBA as Inventor and Player
Serious knee injuries forced Jonathan Bender to end his disappointing NBA career. Ten years later, they are the reason for his return, not only as a player, but also as an inventor.
In 1999, Jonathan Bender one of the hottest NBA draft prospects. So hot in fact, that in a risky move, the Indiana Pacers traded eventual All-Star center Antonia Davis for the high schoolers draft rights. Consistent and serious knee injuries throughout his career allowed Bender to play a meagar 114 minutes over the the course of 6 years before forcing him to retire from the in 2006.
Although they prematurely ended his young NBA career, Bender’s knee injuries provided him with the ability to start a new career as an inventor. After years of knee treatments and careful observation, Bender invented the JB Trainer:
a device that acts as an external hamstring, which exercises the hips, glute and quad muscles without putting pressure on the knees. Bender invested a little more than $80,000 into his invention, which he now contracts to have made in China and sells for $130
Using the JB Trainer over the course of his retirement gave Jonathan Bender the strength to try out for the New York Knicks. Making the team for the 2010 season was proof that Bender’s product works:
Knicks doctors at the time said Bender had the strongest lower extremities on the team. Bender averaged nearly six points a game during his season in New York. It was a long way from an all-star-caliber season, but not bad for a guy medical experts said would never play again
Powered by Facebook Comments