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Kevin Ware got to see the Midwest Regional trophy, is in good spirits

Apr 1, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

The injury that Kevin Ware suffered on Sunday night was graphic and horrifying and one of the worst things that I’ve ever witnessed on a basketball court.

Injuries like this happen every now and then. Three years ago, Texas A&M’s Derrick Roland broke his leg in a game at Washington. Football players and soccer players and rugby players have legs get snapped from time to time. But what made Ware’s injury so powerful was a combination of two things:

– First of all, he was laying on the court on national television in the biggest game of the season to date with his tibia snapped in half, the bone sticking through his skin and his foot hanging on solely by his skin and his muscle. I’m seen feet dangling; I’ve never seen the bone protruding from the skin like that. It’s horrifying.

– More importantly, it was the reaction of Ware’s teammates that was so moving. Russ Smith and Chane Behanan were sobbing. Players on the bench vomited. Rick Pitino was wiping away tears. And when the game was over, Behanan and Siva both put on Ware’s jersey. It was powerful.

Ware had a successful, two-hour surgery late last night.

Pitino and his son Richard, a former Louisville assistant and the current head coach at Florida International, visited Ware in the hospital last night and early Monday morning.

They brought the Midwest Regional Championship trophy with them.

“He was very excited about it,” the elder Pitino said on the Final Four teleconference. But when they tried to take the trophy back, Ware said to them, “It’s staying with me.”

Ware’s parents are at the hospital with him, and he’s apparently in good spirits. He’s becoming a really easy kid to root for. And, Pitino confirmed, he will be in Atlanta with the team for the Final Four.


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  1. badlands75 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Reblogged this on The Badlands and Everything After and commented:
    Why I Love Sports!

    • sportfan2 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Good for him, I hope he recovers fully. But now would be a good time to look forward. Time to think about what if, study hard young man. Take advantage of your free education.

  2. bleedburgandyandgold - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Was watching with my wife yesterday I thought she was going to puke when it happened! I wish the kid a speedy recovery!

  3. BigBeachBall - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    With all the millions the NCAA gets from these players, they probably won’t change anything after this…. that’s the real tragedy in all of this.

  4. barnesaintnoble - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Be more specific, what do you think should change? I think there is one thing to take from this. Most doctors will tell you that the bone is not supposed to break like that unless there is an existing issue. Some bones are in areas without much muscle support and are more prone to breaking. A bone density test in those areas can usually help predict who would be more prone to this type of injury. In addition to a heart check, physical, a bone density test should probably be for all athletes. The injuries are freak and rare, but if there is something you can do to prevent someone from going through unimaginable pain, why not do it? If you aren’t going to pay the players at least give them the best healthcare available while they put their bodies on the line to pay for your jets, salaries and stadiums. This is where you’re comment becomes relevant, BigBeachBall.

  5. dirtydrew - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Payers for you young man.

  6. florida727 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Picture of The Year. Hands down. There isn’t even a 2nd place finisher. How awesome is that? Really hoping he is healthy enough to make it to Atlanta. What a great story that’ll be. Best of luck, Kevin Ware. Here’s hoping you come back 100% and can play again.

  7. mudhead123 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Drink more milk… Weak weak man

    • florida727 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      What an idiotic comment. Congratulations. You’re the leader in the clubhouse for stupidity.

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