Kevin Ware Rumors
Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware, who left the Cardinals last month, is heading to Georgia State. Ware, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, announced he was departing Louisville in late March, one year after he suffered a gruesome broken leg against Duke in the 2013 Elite Eight. He injured his right leg again in December, and is seeking a medical redshirt after playing just nine games this season. As soon as the news broke, Auburn and Georgia State seemed to be the primary options, as they are closer to Ware’s family in Atlanta.
Kevin Ware is leaving Louisville. Ware, who gained national attention nearly a year ago to the day when he suffered a gruesome broken leg in a win over Duke in the Elite Eight will transfer to another school to finish his career. “We wish Kevin Godspeed,” said Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
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As he was recovering from the gruesome broken leg he suffered during the 2013 Elite Eight against Duke, Louisville guard Kevin Ware had a friendly wager going with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant as to who would return from their respective injury first. Ware revealed the details of said wager during the November 10th “Sunday Conversation” on ESPN. He’s already draining 3-pointers while Kobe’s return date is still TBD, meaning that Kobe has to attend a Cardinals game as “payment.”
Louisville guard Kevin Ware has been cleared to play and work out, six months after suffering a compound leg fracture in the NCAA tournament. “He has a clean bill of health,” coach Rick Pitino said Friday, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. “He can play all-out at the end of the month.” Ware broke his leg during Louisville’s regional final against Duke on March 31.
Chris Webber, one of the Fab 5 members, is in attendance at tonight’s National Championship game between Michigan and Louisville. There were questions as to whether or not Webber would and should attend the game. Thankfully, Webber decided to show up and possibly save us from 30 shots of Kevin Ware. Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, and Jalen Rose are also in attendance.
After each of the players had taken his trip up the ladder to cut down the nets, the basket was lowered. Leaning on his crutches, Ware finished the job. The reserve guard whose injury rallied his team and made national headlines was the last with the honors, which he didn’t know was coming. “They kind of told me last minute, so I really was thankful for that,” Ware said. “It meant everything, honestly. Not being able to play but still being able to cut down the nets, that was big.”
His Louisville teammates delivered the storybook ending, beating Michigan 82-76 in the national championship game at the Georgia Dome on Monday. The teammate who had motivated them throughout the past week relished an unexpected chance to cut down the nets with guys he calls his brothers. “This was a lot bigger to us than a lot of people think, so I wasn’t worried,” Ware said, a pile of confetti at his feet and his crutches on the court.
Q: Any thoughts on who will win the Final Four? Tristan Thompson: I’m going to go with Wichita State. I hope Wichita State wins, because we’ve got two Canadians on the team. (Nick Wiggins and Chadrack Lufile.) The Shockers. If not, Louisville. Q: Did you see Louisville’s Kevin Ware break his leg, and what did you think when that happened? A: We were in the locker room when the game was on, so we saw it happen. Our reaction was what everyone else thinks. Some of us turned. You don’t want to look at it. You’re just praying for the kid. I actually know the kid. In high school, Adidas would run these basketball clinics and he was there. He played for the Atlanta Celtics.
Ware sustained a compound fracture of his right tibia in Louisville’s 85-63 victory over Duke. He had surgery Sunday night. Howard called him earlier this week. “Steve [Nash] and Pau [Gasol] and the rest of the guys said hello to him also,” Howard said. “I’m happy that he’s out of surgery. He’s looking forward to getting back on the court. His spirits are pretty good.”
Dwight Howard remembers the trauma of the broken leg he sustained after dunking in a game as a teenager. So Howard had to call Kevin Ware after seeing the Louisville player’s gruesome injury in the NCAA tournament on Sunday. “I know how it feels. When I broke my leg, everybody thought that my career was done when I was 15,” Howard said Friday. “Look where it got me. I’m pretty sure it’s going to push him to work even harder.”
He has walked the road Ware is about to embark, an arduous rehabilitation filled with self doubt, constant visions of that night, and questions about your durability and desire. “I would say stay away from the public’s opinion,” Livingston said when asked what advice he would offer Ware. “Just stay strong with his faith and focus on the positives. “Obviously everything is going to be about what he can’t do, his limitations and all that. He has to focus on the positives, moving forward. That’s the way he’s going to make progress.”
Livingston has made the best of a heartbreaking situation, remaining relevant despite the star label quickly fading following the injury. He can relate to Ware, having to deal with looks of sympathy and compassion and murmurs of what might have been if his leg had not collapsed. “Just the passion to play the game is what kept me going,” he said. “If you’re passionate about something and you work hard for it, even though the face of adversity. I am a man of faith and faith is not always supposed to happen and what you see, sometimes it’s just walking that path. Everybody has their own path and I believe everything happens for a reason and you kind of just rock with it.”
He turned his phone off, “changed my numbers,” he said. People were well-meaning but he just didn’t want to re-live it, to provide constant updates, to deal with the silent and awkward pauses in conversations. He leaned on family, close friends, his faith and, mostly, his love for basketball. That kept him going. “A lot of the process is mental,” Livingston said. “That’s what’s going to bring you back.”
Scott saw Livingston’s injury and Ware’s injury, and that was two more than he cared to witness. He said: “Watching the Louisville game, I went back to Shaun’s injury and I think Shaun’s was worse. It’s been tough for him. Coming out of high school, everybody thought he was a can’t-miss guy.”
“I guess that’s the way things are today,” he said, shaking his head and steering his left leg, the one with the five-inch scar, from an ice bucket in the visitor’s locker room. “It’s shock value. You don’t see stuff like that every day, so it creates a buzz when it happens. It’s a negative situation at the expense of somebody else, so that makes it OK, I guess. That’s what I don’t like. And that’s why I focus on the positive.” Livingston paused. “And that’s what he should do, too. Feed off the positive energy.”
He did not catch much of the Louisville-Duke game, and definitely not the part that made some people turn away, and you can probably imagine why. “I didn’t see my own injury,” said Shaun Livingston, “so I don’t want to see anyone else’s.”
Lisa Junior watched from Conyers, Ga., as her son’s jersey reappeared on CBS. “It looked like Chane was wearing a spandex shirt, he had to pull it on so tight,” he said. Her Kevin is a wiry 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, while Behanan is 6-6 and 250. Junior laughed and teared up at the same time. “To see Chane do that?” she said. “It was so touching to know that those guys — Kevin’s brothers — were thinking of him.”
With just over eight minutes left, and the Cardinals’ halftime lead of three having ballooned to 16, Tatum sent a manager to the locker room to dig Ware’s jersey out of a duffel bag and bring it to the bench. In the final minute it was handed to forward Chane Behanan, who calls Ware his “blood brother” and had been so distraught after the injury that Pitino had to remove him from the game. Behanan removed his own jersey and replaced it with Ware’s, and thumped his blood brother’s number with his fist as the final seconds counted down. “We did this for Kevin,” Behanan said. “I just wanted him to be there.”
Louisville’s late-night release said no timetable for recovery has been set, but the early prognosis from sports medicine director Fred Hina — given right after the game while Ware was in surgery — was that Ware is bound for a lengthy recovery, but the injury is not likely a career-ending one.
Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware underwent successful surgery Sunday night to repair the gruesome open fracture of his right tibia he suffered during the Cardinals’ 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional final, and he is expected to remain in Indianapolis until at least Tuesday, Louisville announced. Ware had the bone reset, and a rod was inserted into his leg during the operation that lasted about two hours. The wound caused by the bone puncturing through his skin in his lower leg was closed.