Louisville guard Kevin Ware lies in a hospital bed holding the NCAA Regional Championship trophy flanked by coach Rick Pitino, left, and former Louisville assistant coach Richard Pitino on Monday.
(USA TODAY) -- Louisville sophomore Kevin Ware spoke on his basketball-playing
future for the first time since suffering a gruesome leg injury that
left teammates crying while simultaneously jolting the sports world.
"This is a minor setback for a major comeback," Ware told the New York Daily News
on Monday. "I have to have the right approach to it. (Doctors) told me
things are gonna be good for me. This is not a lifetime injury where I
can never play basketball again.
"But getting to where I want to be and where I need to be is gonna take some time."
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6:33 remaining in the first half of Louisville's Elite Eight clash with
Duke, Ware jumped up for a block before landing awkwardly on one leg.
He broke his right leg through the skin below his knee-leaving his leg
flailed in an unnatural direction.
Ware also opened up about the injury in an interview with ESPN.com.
jumped and my leg felt kind of funny," he said. "When Coach (Pitino)
tried to help me up, he gave me a funny kind of look. I'm looking at him
and then I look down and I see my bone sticking out. It wasn't a hurt
feeling. I just went into shock. In the moment, you don't know what's
wrong with you. You're just looking, thinking, 'How did this happen?' I
never watched the replay. I never want to."
Ware's mother, Lisa Junior, was not present at the game and told the Daily News she felt "distraught" in response to the injury.
Ware, who had already directed his team to "go win" after the injury, told his his mom to "calm down".