Jonathan Bender is plotting an NBA comeback after a injury-forced retirement.
Bender left the Pacers midway through the 2005-06 season because of persistent knee troubles that limited him to just 237 games in seven NBA seasons.
"My potential is still enormous and I can still do a lot for a team," Bender told ESPN.com. "If it happens, then everything flows. And if it doesn't, at least I tried."
Bender said he was encouraged by cousin Morris Peterson of the New Orleans Hornets and various friends to make a comeback.
"I didn't want the windows to close on me," Bender said. "I wanted the opportunity to fight off the demons inside my head ... I read these articles that say, 'He's the top bust' or 'He's one of the guys who didn't live up to their potential.' I don't want to be 38 or 40 looking back thinking, 'I should've done this.'"
Donnie Walsh and the Knicks would likely be interested in signing Bender