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Kevin Ware’s leg snap evokes serious emotion
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 31, 2013 @ 7:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Mike Lopresti, USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS — First came the injury. Awful, terrible, too horrible to watch on replay ever, ever again. Kevin Ware’s lower right leg seeming to explode when he came down on it near the sideline, after leaping at Duke’s Tyler Thornton’s shot. Then came the shock. The Louisville Cardinals in various stages of anguish, as they waited for medical personnel to carry their teammate away.
Chane Behanan lay on the ground. Gorgui Dieng leaned over, his hands on his knees. Russ Smith gazed off into space. Rick Pitino paced, with his head down. Lucas Oil Stadium, thunderous moments before, had gone so silent, it seemed as if someone had hit the mute button.
What a game it had been the first 13½ minutes. Frenzied and raw and nothing held back. And then everything stopped. Injuries happen in sports, but they’re not supposed to be like this. Not to a sophomore running out to bother someone else’s shot. No body contact, no fall, no sudden move. Just a hard landing of foot against floor, by a player at full competitive fire, as they all were as Louisville went against Duke.
And then … snap. An NFL, Joe Theismann-type snap. A dreadful, heart-stopping sight that had just dropped into the middle of a high-stakes basketball game. And who should tweet out his sympathy moments later, understanding the pain of what had just happened? Joe Theismann.
They gathered around Ware, the trainers and doctors and anyone who could help. The minutes went by. The Final Four would have to wait. Everything would have to wait. A stretcher finally came out, and soon Ware was gently loaded and wheeled away, the Midwest regional no longer something he needed to worry about. The audience applauded, including Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Then the officials brought out the basketball, and Smith had to be reminded he was supposed to take it out. How could they refocus, having witnessed such a sight? Having seen what can happen so suddenly on a basketball court, where they come to play a game for fun – and on Sunday, for something to cherish?
But the game was waiting. … [For more on Kevin Ware's Joe Theismann-type leg snap evokes serious emotion, click here.]
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