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Knee injuries ending Bender's career at 25

Updated: February 4, 2006, 8:47 PM ET
Associated Press

Indiana Pacers forward Jonathan Bender is almost certain his career is over because of a series of knee injuries.

"Due to a medical condition in my knees, I will not be able to continue playing basketball," the 25-year-old forward said Saturday in a statement released by the team. "The Pacers gave me the chance to play with, and against, the best players in the world."

Though he does not expect to play again, Bender has not yet filed official retirement papers with the NBA.

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