Gruesome injury transforms Louisville hoopster


When Louisville’s Kevin Ware crashed to the floor after attempting to block an opponent’s shot in an NCAA tournament game last weekend, “March madness” took on a whole new meaning. The injury – a compound fracture of his right tibia and fibula – was so horrific that CBS showed the replay only twice before deciding not to show it again.

Known previously as the quiet guy on a team with many spirited players, the injury seems to havetransformed Ware, and his story has captivated the nation. Making his first public comments since the incident on Wednesday, he told Good Morning America, “I saw the bone six inches out of my leg. I didn’t feel any pain. It didn’t hurt. Honestly, it didn’t hurt. It was just scary.”

Ware’s thoughts then quickly turned to his teammates. He calmly reassured them that he was going to be okay, and told them to stay focused on winning the game. Louisville ended up beating Duke by 22 to advance to the final four. “I think my words got through good enough,” Ware told reporters.

Ware said that he hoped to be able to climb the ladder and cut down the nets when his team wins the championship in Atlanta on Monday. As for his basketball future, he predicted that he’ll be back next year. If he makes it, his newfound leadership skills will be put to good use.