Louisville guard Kevin Ware staying positive despite broken leg
"I guess I just landed wrong."
Those are the words of Louisville guard Kevin Ware, who spoke to reporters about a shocking leg break he suffered while playing Duke in Sunday's NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional game against Duke at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Ware will travel to the Final Four on his crutches and expects to be a big presence for the Cardinals. He had surgery at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Sunday and left the hospital for Louisville Tuesday.
Cleared by doctors Wednesday to accompany Louisville to Atlanta, the sophomore said he plans to be a full participant in the team's preparation for Saturday's game against Wichita State.
Ware says the overwhelming support he has received has helped him maintain his spirits and strengthened his confidence of a full recovery. He hopes by next season to be helping the Cardinals defend the national championship he believes they'll win this weekend.
The normally reserved 20-year-old calmly recalled how he felt when he suffered the devastating injury, saying he doesn't think Louisville would be in the Final Four if he had lost his composure.
"I couldn't see where I was landing," said Ware, describing the moments during the injury.
"At the time coach just gave my leg a look like he'd never seen something like it before," he added. "I'm just thinking that my ankle's hurt or something like that. Then I looked down at my leg and saw the bone. I was in shock."
Ware expressed gratitude towards his teammates, noting even the toughest guys on the team were crying in shock over his broken bone, which was protruding about six inches from his shin.
"Just looking around and seeing that, it was devastating, but they pulled it through and we're going to Atlanta. That's really the most important thing."
Ware says he's been touched by all the support. In addition to national news coverage, he's gained tens of thousands of followers on Twitter since the injury.
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