Kevin Ware Rumors
Kevin Ware: “I remember that the first thing I saw was Coach Pitino looking down at me as I was lying on the sideline. He looked like he’d seen a ghost. Then I looked down and saw my shinbone sticking out of my right leg. And I remember thinking, Oh shit … I didn’t feel any pain. I don’t know if I was in shock or what. But honestly, I didn’t feel anything. Everybody else was hysterical. My teammates were crying. People were losing their minds. I had Luke Hancock kneeling over me saying, “Just relax … everything’s gonna be O.K.””
Kevin Ware: “After surgery that night, I was knocked out. I didn’t wake up until the middle of the night or the early morning. When I woke in the hospital bed, everything was foggy. I don’t remember anybody else being in the room — I was still out of it. All I remember is opening my eyes and looking over at the table next to my bed and seeing the Final Four trophy. It felt like a dream, but I knew I wasn’t dreaming. Then I just smiled and rolled over and went back to sleep.”
Kevin Ware: “On campus, I was a celebrity in my own right. That didn’t die down. I was getting mobbed by people at the mall and everywhere else. And all anybody wanted to talk about was my leg. It’s like I wasn’t Kevin Ware, the basketball player, anymore. I was Kevin Ware, the guy who broke his leg. After a while, it really started to bother me — all the attention, people wanting to talk to me everywhere I went. I had to start sneaking around campus, taking back ways to classes or the gym. I didn’t realize the impact that my injury had had on other people or on my status on campus. I spent most of my time in my room watching Netflix, avoiding all the fuss.”
Kevin Ware: “I was Kevin Ware, the basketball player. Then I was Kevin Ware, the guy who broke his leg. Now I’m working hard to be Kevin Ware, the professional basketball player. And whether that happens in the NBA or somewhere internationally, I’ll always be proud that I gave everything I had to Louisville, and I gave everything I had to Georgia State. Now, I’m ready to give everything I have to my next team — wherever that may be. That’s the next step for me as I try to give people something else to remember me for besides my injury.”
Other players have suffered serious injuries like Bronson Kessinger or Paul George. When you see something like that, I’m guessing you’re feeling it much more than somebody that hasn’t been through that. Like some kind of connection with that person. Kevin Ware: Definitely. When Paul George suffered his injury, I was one of the first people he reached out to, to ask me about the whole process. That was kind of like ‘Wow, somebody I look up to, one of my favorite players, reached out to me’. That was a dream come true when you think about it. You’re a kid in college and you just have to appreciate it.
So what’s your plan for the draft? Kevin Ware: I’m just working out, at the weight room, I’m now in Miami with a childhood trainer, working out every day. It’s too early really to talk about it, I’m just working out every single day. You just caught me between workouts. Obviously, the plan is the draft. Are you going to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament? KW: I don’t know yet, I’ll know it soon.