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Ware’s father realized ‘my kid is my hero’
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 1, 2013 @ 10:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adam Himmelsbach, USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS — Just before 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning, Kevin Ware Sr. was preparing to go to work at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, and he had no idea how he would make it through the day.
His mind was on his son, Kevin Jr., the University of Louisville guard who’d sustained a gruesome compound fracture of his tibia during the Cardinals’ NCAA tournament win over Duke on Sunday.
Then the father’s cellphone buzzed. It was his son.
“Dad,” Kevin Jr. said excitedly, despite his condition and the early hour. “They said I can walk today. They said I can walk.”
Kevin Sr. said he tried to calm his son, tried to make sure he didn’t go too far, too fast. But later on Monday, there was Kevin Jr., standing with the help of crutches, taking some gentle steps.
“It really brought my spirits up,” Kevin Jr. said by phone from his hospital bed here Monday night, his voice groggy. “And it’s kind of hard to keep your spirits up in a situation like this.”
Ware said he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support since his injury. He received calls from Dwight Howard and Charles Barkley. He received a visit from NCAA president Mark Emmert. He lied in bed and scrolled through his Twitter feed, where there were messages from NBA stars like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo.
“I’ve never had this much support in my life,” Ware said. “Like, I’m just so grateful for it, you know?”
The past 24 hours, Ware said, were mostly a blur. When he suffered the injury in the first half of the Duke game, planting awkwardly on his right leg as it snapped like a toothpick, he thought he had just sprained his ankle.
Then he saw the look of horror in Cardinals coach Rick Pitino’s eyes. Then he looked at his leg and saw the chunk of bone that had punctured his skin. Then he immediately went into shock. Ware Sr., watching from New York, said he thought he was going to have a heart attack in his home.
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