When Louisville sophomore guard Kevin Ware went down with a compound fracture to his right leg in the regional finals of the NCAA tournament, it was tough to predict when exactly he’ll be able to return to the court.
A gruesome injury like that will require at least eight months of rehab before Ware can even think about participating in full contact practices. However, Ware is as upbeat as possible about his unfortunate situation.
ESPN’s Dana O’Neil caught up with Ware over the weekend while she was in town for the Kentucky Derby. Ware shared his optimistic approach with her. “I look at it all as motivation,” he tells O’Neil. “You can’t finish until you get started.’’
It almost seems unreal to imagine, but just five weeks after the gruesome injury, Ware is already riding a stationary bike and slowly starting to be able to put pressure on his right leg.
Following the Kentucky Derby, Ware headed back to Georgia for a brief visit and will soon return back to Louisville. Just because he headed home for a few days, that doesn’t mean he was taking a break from rehabbing. Ware posted this photo on his Instragram account yesterday from Rockdale County High School.
The most difficult part of his rehab process is still to come, but Ware says he is aware and ready. “I’m sure the hard days are coming. I know they are. But I think I’m a lot stronger now to handle them.’’
It’s not crazy to think that Ware will be a vital part of next year’s team when it’s all said and done. The progress he’s made in just five weeks is truly remarkable.