Kevin Ware Headed to Final Four with Louisville Despite Horrific Leg Injury

Louisville's Kevin Ware already up on crutches after horrific injury Easter Sunday in the first half of Louisville's 85-63 victory over Duke in the NCAA Midwest Regional final at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Louisville’s Kevin Ware already up on crutches after horrific injury Easter Sunday in the first half of Louisville’s 85-63 victory over Duke in the NCAA Midwest Regional final at Lucas Oil Stadium.

On Sunday, we all watched in complete horror as Louisville’s Kevin Ware went up to block a shot, and came down on his right leg which seemed to shatter upon impact.  The bone came through his skin and everyone in the arena was stunned.  Some members of the audience as well as his teammates, including Coach Rick Pitino, were seen crying as he writhed in pain.  Some of Ware’s teammates became ill and vomited.

But according to the New York Daily News, the seemingly career ending injury that everyone witnessed, including the Louisville team, was just a little “setback” to Ware, who is already up on crutches and ready to play as soon as he can. 

“This is a minor setback for a major comeback,” he said. “I have to have the right approach to it. They told me things are gonna be good for me. This is not a lifetime injury where I can never play basketball again.”

Coach Rick Pitino and former Assistant Coach Richard Pitino, visit Kevin Ware right after his 2-hour surgery Sunday on his right leg to present him with the Midwest Regional championship trophy.
Coach Rick Pitino and former Assistant Coach Richard Pitino, visit Kevin Ware right after his 2-hour surgery Sunday on his right leg to present him with the Midwest Regional championship trophy.

His mother, Lisa Junior, who was not present at the game and saw the injury occur on television, was inconsolable until she was able to hug her son and have a few words with him. She gave an exclusive interview to Eyewitness Sports.

“He’s had to overcome a lot of obstacles, and it seems as if with every obstacle he has to go through he becomes a better man because of it. We don’t know why this happened. It’s a freak accident but at the end of the day I believe there is a reason for it all. Maybe it’s not him. Maybe he will have to pass this testimony on to someone else. I believe it will make him a better person.”

Ware is expected to attend the Final Four game and support his team from the bench as they face Wichita State in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, Saturday, at the Georgia Dome, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It appears that Ware’s perseverance will lead him back to the game in no time.  His spirit is already in the recovery and return to the game.  Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

13 WTHR Indianapolis

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