Update: Louisville Guard Kevin Ware’s Gruesome Leg Injury

Update Louisville Guard Kevin Ware's Gruesome Leg InjuryIn one of the more gruesome injuries you will see on a basketball court, Louisville guard Kevin Ware severely fractured his leg in Sunday’s Elite Eight game against Duke. Ware wants the world to know he’ll be fine.

‘I never watched the replay’

ESPN’s Dana O’Neil has the latest from Ware:

‘Hopefully I’ll be back in time to watch practice,’ Ware told ESPN.com by phone on Monday. ‘It hurts but I’ll be fine. I’ll be fine…’

‘…I jumped and my leg felt kind of funny,’ he said. ‘When Coach P tried to help me up, he gave me a funny kind of look. I’m looking at him and then I look down and I see my bone sticking out. It wasn’t a hurt feeling. I just went into shock. In the moment, you don’t know what’s wrong with you. You’re just looking, thinking, ‘How did this happen?’ I never watched the replay. I never want to.’


‘Never back down for a challenge’

‘Seeing Chane [Behanan] cry as hard as he ever cried, and Russ [Smith], coach, all of them, I just looked at Coach P and said, ‘You gotta pull yourself together. Tell the guys to come over here,’ Ware said. ‘They came over and they were still emotional but I meant it. I told them, ‘Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine.’ I just had to block the pain out and put my situation on hold. I never back down for a challenge and to me, that’s what this is. Just another challenge. I’ll get through it. I wanted them to know that…’

Kevin Ware is already out of bed and using crutches to get around his hospital room. His teammates celebrated the team’s advancement to the Final Four with him at the hospital.

Do you think Kevin Ware will be able to recover from his leg fracture within a year? Was it a good idea to NOT watch the replay of his injury?

Source: Rob Goldbert, Bleacher Report

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Louisville’s Kevin Ware Suffers Gruesome Leg Injury

Louisville's Kevin Ware Suffers Gruesome Leg InjuryIn one of the more gruesome injuries you will see on a basketball court, Louisville guard Kevin Ware severely fractured his leg in Sunday’s Elite Eight game against Duke.

‘Officially broken his leg’

With just over six minutes remaining in the first half, Ware attempted to defend a three-point shot from Tyler Thornton. He landed awkwardly and his leg appeared to bend the wrong way on the court. According to Pete Thamel of Sports IllustratedWare has officially broken his leg and was taken to the hospital.

What makes this even more unfortunate is the reaction from the teammates. After viewing the injury, the Louisville players struggled to keep their composure. In a post-game interview,  coach Rick Pitino explained that the injury will keep him out for a year (via Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated):

“Rick Pitino on Ware: “Basically the bone popped out of his skin. It will take a year for him to come back. Same injury as Michael Bush.”


‘Solid contributor’

The Courier Journal’s C.L. Brown reports that the surgery on Ware’s leg has been successfully completed and the player will remain in Indianapolis until at least Tuesday, though the release date will obviously depend on how well his recovery goes.

Ware averaged 4.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in 17 minutes per game this season, and was a solid contributor on both sides of the court. He was also coming off his best game of the year with 11 points in the win against Oregon. Louisville will now look to move past not only the physical loss of Ware but also the emotional toll that viewing the injury took on the players. Hopefully, the Cardinals can play their best basketball to honor their injured teammate.

Do you think Kevin Ware will be able to make a full recovery within a year? And will Louisville’s performance be seriously maimed with Ware’s absence?

Source: Rob Goldberg, Bleacher Report

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