It was a fine Sunday evening. The game was between the Louisville Cardinals of the University of Louisville and the Duke Blue Devils of the Duke University. The first half was a close fight and the Cardinals’ guard, Kevin Ware, has just contested a three-point attempted shot from Duke’s Tyler Thornton. In a matter of seconds, the whole world of basketball witnessed something tragic that has never happened before as Ware landed awkwardly from a shot he just took. The said “landing” caused the right leg of Ware to buckle, bend, and then break in two places.
Although the event took place in a matter of seconds, Ware’s injury was something that had a deep impact not only on his team mates but also on every sports fan all over the world. Reminiscent of the injury that Joe Theismann suffered in 1985, Ware’s injury has caused the game to be stopped for a few minutes. Videos of the injury showed Ware’s team mates as well as players from the opposing team all crying and in shock from what they have seen. Some of the players were even on their knees and seem to be about to puke. The whole thing was so tragic that one would have expected Ware to already be passing out from all the pain caused by a 6-inch bone jutting from his skin. However, that is not the case.
While the rest of the world could not get over the gravity of the situation, Kevin Ware was on the floor and telling his team mates to make sure that they win the game. This show of strength and dedication to the game has awed even their head coach, Rick Pitino. Once Ware as taken out of the court and brought to the hospital, Pitino took to the stand and expressed his awe at the kind of dedication Ware has for his team and for the game.
Ware’s please did not fall on deaf ears, though, as the team went on to win the game against the Dukes, 85-63; although, it took a few minutes for the Cardinals to get their heads back in the game resulting in a 3-minute period of no solid action from the said team. To date, Ware is now able to stand up although he still needs the help of crutches and is still having problems going around. According to doctors, at best, he might be able to regain the use of his legs and start playing basketball after a year of therapy. It does not need saying that, at worst, he might have to forget about ever playing basketball again.
Louisville Cardinals basketball team belongs to the Big East Conference of the NCAA Division I. They have won three NCAA championships as well as have been one of the finalists for 39 NCAA tournaments. The team first played in 1911. Their team colors are ref and black.
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