Kevin Ware Speaks On Brutal Injury For First Time! Will He Ever Watch The Replay?
Via Scott Gleeson at USAToday:
“This is a minor setback for a major comeback,” Ware told the New York Daily News on Monday. “I have to have the right approach to it. (Doctors) told me things are gonna be good for me. This is not a lifetime injury where I can never play basketball again. … But getting to where I want to be and where I need to be is gonna take some time.”
With 6:33 remaining in the first half of Louisville’s Elite Eight clash with Duke, Ware jumped up for a block before landing awkwardly on one leg. Two bones in his right leg broke through the skin below his knee — leaving his leg flailed in an unnatural direction. The horrific scene caused teammates and coaches to break down.
“I jumped and my leg felt kind of funny,” Ware told ESPN.com. “When Coach (Pitino) 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.”
Ware went on to describe the aftermath of his injury when he ordered his team to win. Via ESPN.com:
“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. 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.”‘