The Kevin Ware injury was flat out gruesome. The way that bone snapped like a chicken wing had even Joe Theismann cringing at that sight. Louisville’s bench including Coach Rick Pitino were mortified, shocked, and saddened by what they had seen, comparable to watching a Greg Oden rehab session. CBS showed class when they kept the viewing of the actual injury to a minimum. They instead showed fan, cheerleader, and Louisville staff reactions. This was a classy move to Kevin Ware and his family so they would not have to continuously see him writhing painfully in Ron Burgundy’s Glass Case of Emotion. The great Boobie Miles from Friday Night Lights didn’t think there was a worse injury until this happened.
The Louisville squad used this injury as motivation to will themselves to victory behind the dynamic back court of Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. These two guards talent harken back to Rick Pitino’s 1995-1996 back court of Tony Delk and Derek Anderson. During that season under Pitino, that potent tandem helped lead the ‘Cats to a National Championship. Could Siva and Smith lead the Cardinals to a National Championship? We will find out the weekend of April 5th.
Ware’s injury can be the end of his basketball career. Or, it can serve as a test of character and be an inspiration to many. We see many athletes return to the field of play after traumatic injury. Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina will enter this years NFL draft after suffering a torn ACL in back-back seasons. Adrian Peterson won this years NFL MVP months after an ACL tear. And, what sports fan could forget Shaun Livingston his rookie year landing on his knee awkwardly? That injury kept him out for what seemed like an eternity. Livingston recovered, rehabbed, and is still making millions.
Kevin Ware is still a young man. If he sticks with rehabbing diligently and following Doctor’s orders he should be able to make a full recovery in due time. The main concern is if he goes all James “The Grim Reaper” Roper from Great White Hype and falls off the map with his training and rehab putting on more pounds than Carney Wilson after Lapband surgery.
Mr. Ware, this is going to be a long, arduous process. But with help from teammates, friends, fans, and family you should be able to make a complete recovery. I, for one, am rooting for you.
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