Louisville’s Kevin Ware has taken what he said would be the hardest step in his recovery — the first one.
The sophomore guard was back on the Cardinals’ campus Tuesday afternoon after he had been released from an Indianapolis hospital, two days after millions watched him break his right leg on a horrifying play trying to block a shot.
Ware returned to the Cardinals’ practice facility just after 2 p.m., entering through a back door. He had said on Facebook that “the first step is always the hardest one to take”
Ware had been at Methodist Hospital since sustaining the horrific injury Sunday during in the first half of Louisville’s 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional. He underwent surgery to repair compound fractures of the tibia in the leg and is expected to be out a year.
He tweeted Tuesday as he prepared to leave the hospital on crutches, “Back to my brothers I go.”
The next step for Ware may be a trip to Atlanta for the Final Four.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino has said he would like Ware to travel with the team to the national semifinals. Athletic department spokesman Kenny Klein said Tuesday that doctor’s wouldn’t likely sign off on Ware traveling until Wednesday.
Ware broke his leg after going up to block a shot and landing awkwardly. The injury devastated Pitino and Ware’s Louisville teammates, many of whom were seen crying after seeing the severity of the break.
With encouraging words from Ware, who told the team, “just go win the game,” the top-seeded Cardinals regrouped to win and earn their second consecutive Final Four berth.