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Ex-Pacer invents device to prevent knee injuries

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana Pacer Jonathan Bender is applying business lessons he learned from team co-owner Mel Simon to his new venture marketing a training device to help others avoid the knee injuries that ended his NBA career.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that Bender launched a company in April based on the JB Intensive Trainer he invented. Bender invested about $80,000 in the device, which is now made in China and sells for $130.

The device works as an external hamstring and can exercise the hips, glute and quad muscles without putting pressure on the knees.

Bender says he learned from doctors and trainers working with the Pacers but credits Simon for inspiring him with his own self-made success.