From WORST INJURY Ever To The NBA!? Inspiring KEVIN WARE Comeback Story!
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Before March 31st 2013, kevin ware was just a talented upcoming all-state guard for Rockdale County High in metro Atlanta, the kind of player who tomahawk jams on one play and gets a chase-down block on the next, and coaches lined up with scholarship offers. After heavy interest from both tennesee and Louisville, rick Pitino made the difference however, convining kevin to join him at Louisville, and become a valuable asset off the bench, averaging 4.5ppg, 1.8 boards, a steal and an assist, not the most alarming stats, but the potential was there and people involved at lousville knew how talented he was, Louisville in a game watched by millions where facing off in the final eight against duke, a game that players/coaches and anyone in the arena will have a hard time ever forgetting about..
The sequence began with a defensive error, a mistaken double-team in the high post that left an open shooter in the zone Ware should have been covering. Ware turned to see Tyler Thornton catching a cross-court pass on the right wing, one stride behind the arc. He knew Coach Pitino would curse him out on the sideline, curse him again when they watched the film. Ware stood almost 20 feet from the ball. He began to run.
Flying at Thornton like an Olympic long-jumper, he reached for the block, an instant too late. The shot went up. Ware sailed toward the sideline. That could have been the end of a non-story, a small error at a forgettable juncture. He might have bent his knees, landed on two feet, and gotten on with the game. But he wanted to see the ball, to know immediately whether his blown coverage has cost his team three points, and so he turned in mid-air to look back at the rim. By the time he landed, he was facing the basket. His left leg was still in the air, and his right leg was nearly vertical. When he came down on that leg with all his momentum and force, it collapsed beneath him. The lower leg flopped at a hideous angle, briefly making a perfect L-shape as he fell, and a white spear of bone pierced the skin above his white sock. All this happened with the ball in the air. And because the players and referees and most of the 35,000 people at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis were watching Thornton’s three-pointer go through the net, the game proceeded for a second or two as if nothing had gone wrong. Ware’s teammate Wayne Blackshear caught the ball and threw it inbounds. Then he saw Ware, and he fell to his knees.Thornton swaggered back on defense. Then he saw Ware, and he turned away, putting a hand over his face. This reaction was common around the stadium. A hand to the face. A hand to the mouth. The sight of Ware’s protruding bone was a physical force. It appeared at eye level with the men on the Louisville bench, seated as they were below the elevated court, and they recoiled as if shot with a fire hose. Russ Smith was closest, and it knocked him out of his chair.Ware looked at the bone and looked away. Strangely, he felt no pain. That would come later, in the ambulance, from the bumps in the road. “I’ll be fine,” he told Pitino and the Cardinals. “Just win this game.”And they did, 85-63, once the coach had wiped the tears from his eyes.In the hospital at 3:20 the next morning, after surgery to repair a broken tibia, Kevin Ware broke twitter with his post saying
I should of blocked that shot tho. Lol
His joke from the hospital bed was re-tweeted nearly 50,000 times, making it the ninth-biggest sports tweet of the year. His Twitter following grew to more than 120,000. The search engine Bing announced that he was the fourth most-searched athlete of 2013, behind only Tim Tebow, Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods.But Ware did rush back. He couldn’t wait to play ball again, to show the world he was still the same, even though he could feel the metal rod in his leg every time it rained. Back home in Georgia with his old friend and trainer Dominique Cooper, he sat in a plastic chair in the gym at Rockdale County High and shot the ball straight up at the rim. One day he stood up. One day he dunked. In practice at Louisville, he ran harder than ever.

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    • JoJo
      JoJo

      Yesssssss

    • Elite Gamer
      Elite Gamer

      FIFA 20🥰

    • Sly Dry
      Sly Dry

      I hate this 😭😢😿

    • Sly Dry
      Sly Dry

      Oh my god!!!

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      Thenflguy

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  • TheLolipopTroop
    TheLolipopTroop

    Watching that injury makes me never want to move my legs again

    • Jr. Ink.
      Jr. Ink.

      Hahahahaha same 🤣

    • I'm so lucky Lucky
      I'm so lucky Lucky

      BOY YOU HAVE TOO

    • Mynameluke
      Mynameluke

      Same

    • VyberZwrld
      VyberZwrld

      Same I don’t even want to move my left hand

    • Stone Hill
      Stone Hill

      Dammmmmm

  • Joe Urban
    Joe Urban

    Is any one else's leg feeling weird after this?

    • Sonny Corry
      Sonny Corry

      it makes me never wanna stretch my legs again

    • Easton Lowery
      Easton Lowery

      Bodee Carter fax

    • AstroSkyez
      AstroSkyez

      Yes

    • Andrew
      Andrew

      Yup

    • poki loki
      poki loki

      Bodee Carter mine was at the moment to

  • YoTreezy
    YoTreezy

    I was 7 yrs old when I was watching this and I started crying because my dad knows him

    • Super_spot17 😐
      Super_spot17 😐

      Do you play for women's basketball???saying cuz of your icon

    • Ezekiel Jackson
      Ezekiel Jackson

      Stop the cap

    • Grant Hardeway
      Grant Hardeway

      Bruv stop capping

    • D3AD3YE GAMING
      D3AD3YE GAMING

      Ur dad lucky and I feel so bad for him😭

    • Draco Plays
      Draco Plays

      Your dad prob don’t know Paul George don’t try to lie to get clout

  • Nathan S
    Nathan S

    The teams reaction still gets me 😂😂😂😂😂 remember watching this live and felt so bad tho.. man that shit was nasty.

    • John Michael McDaniel
      John Michael McDaniel

      Matt S watching this live was crazy

    • LostIn2025
      LostIn2025

      Matt S shit was lowkey kind of funny... for a sec....

    • Nathan S
      Nathan S

      Dr. Felix - Relax Your Body actually I put 5 😂s

    • Andre Jamal
      Andre Jamal

      The way they reacted was hilarious 😂 but that injury was death!!! Ah man

    • Cavs 2023 Champions
      Cavs 2023 Champions

      Ryan Williams So you want us to be depressed and focus on the injury? I'm trying to make my mind off it and lighten my mind up. That bench is nearly the best thing for that.

  • Fandom Hernandez
    Fandom Hernandez

    This is one of those things where u remember exactly where u were when u watched this live

    • Gaming_StarYT
      Gaming_StarYT

      I remember watching this live but don't remember when

    • Christian Martinez
      Christian Martinez

      fandm hernandes my cousins house in Florida, on the couch.

    • blowjob robot
      blowjob robot

      I was at boarding school and all the boys were watching. Everyone was shook lmao

    • Landon Schrameyer
      Landon Schrameyer

      lol just came back from disney world and we're watching in hotel

    • ツJavi loves lidia
      ツJavi loves lidia

      fandm hernandes i was at a baseball game and popped up on espn

  • Doctor Basketball
    Doctor Basketball

    I remember watching duke at like 7 and was dead scared when this happened

    • Loranzo Korgo
      Loranzo Korgo

      @WcoopW A different reaction, yet common to most.

    • WcoopW
      WcoopW

      @Christian Martinez BRUH why would you stare that is so disturbing.

    • Christian Martinez
      Christian Martinez

      Doctor Basketball same. I just stared

    • Jordan Sterling
      Jordan Sterling

      Doctor Basketball Yeah I do too

  • Story Miles
    Story Miles

    But for real, serious question how does someone live through this. I’m praying for him right now

  • SR
    SR

    I remember watching this as a kid and i randomly remembered it today, this really goes to show how these things can stick in your head for a long time.

  • ML Atteberry
    ML Atteberry

    Kevin Ware’s injury is one of two times I ever felt like getting sick watching sports because of on field play. The other was a serious concussion.

  • Bored Aura
    Bored Aura

    Someone sign this man. He obviously has the drive to be good in the nba...

  • Story Miles
    Story Miles

    I feel so bad for Kevin Ware!!! Now I srsly never wanna jump ever again 🥺😬😵

  • Taneil Green-Wood
    Taneil Green-Wood

    I hope one day kevin gets he's chance to play in the nba!!❤❤

  • Derwin Davis II
    Derwin Davis II

    I high key hate seeing his injury

    • Justin
      Justin

      Derwin Davis II every time i see this it makes me scared to ever jump again

    • Gator Melon
      Gator Melon

      Derwin Davis II Well,can't say anyone in the world disagrees with you

  • Olivia H
    Olivia H

    I’m a Louisville fan and I take it as inspiration. Louisville was actually beating duke, and seeing that bone pop out and everyone crying or puking was just beyond me. I feel so bad for wares and he made history but maybe not in the way he liked.

  • Cole Strauss
    Cole Strauss

    i remember this. i cant imagine the pain he felt

  • Ernee Webb
    Ernee Webb

    After seeing that injury that inspires me to never give up no matter the circumstances 👊👊

  • Dr0pkidd
    Dr0pkidd

    That's still the scariest basketball related injury I've ever seen. When I was watching that game as a kid I fell to the ground when I saw his leg.

  • Gabriel Kelly
    Gabriel Kelly

    Dude is a trooper like his bone was out of his leg and and is still go hard after his injury bro give this guy a medal

  • Unisis
    Unisis

    well, watching this over and over it doesnt scar me anymore 😄 but still I can only imagine how much that hurt 😭

  • Glenn Xavier
    Glenn Xavier

    I regret clicking on this...thank God he made it

  • Slush Puppy
    Slush Puppy

    I remember seeing this happen live on tv. It happened during a family get-together for my little cousin’s birthday. Needless to say this imagery wasn’t very family-friendly and honestly I had never seen such a gruesome injury in real life and man the cringe was real. I think it was the shock factor that got me tho, I could watch this video all day and feel fine because I am expecting it, but man when you are just chillen with the fam, shooting shit and eating dinner, then suddenly you see man’s leg explode underneath him out of nowhere...that’s something hard to bounce back from. I wasn’t watching a lot of basketball back then so I didn’t know who it was or how this whole scenario wrapped up so thanks for uploading this. It was very informative 👍

  • Lonny Thomas
    Lonny Thomas

    I am a Duke fan and i will never forget that moment! I remember the camera man on tv didn't even look at where he was laying down on the floor!

  • Skeezy Herbo
    Skeezy Herbo

    I like that Kevin still kept his humor and positivity about his injury

  • Tyler Yoon
    Tyler Yoon

    This might be late but prayers in the future for Kevin Ware.

  • Mikey Little
    Mikey Little

    This injury looks similar to Paul Georges except Wares pierced through the skin

    • xKaotisk
      xKaotisk

      @Shove This L Up Your Ass everything including my Achilles

    • xKaotisk
      xKaotisk

      I think pgs broke skin too he just had high socks/under armor leggings on so it contained it.. that being said these are fully comebackable from bones heal waaay better than ligaments and tendons (trust me blew my ankle out 10 months ago still has problems)

    • hotman718
      hotman718

      Yeah but Paul George made an amazing return and he's still a beast.

  • Jayden FC
    Jayden FC

    I never really gag at injuries and love watching them but this one was the closest to making me react,it was horrible

  • Art Artwell
    Art Artwell

    Stay confident young fella.... Way 2 make it back.... great blog

  • syloh
    syloh

    This dude is a legend. Honestly crazy

  • target 749
    target 749

    I’m in the same school district that he went to and he came to talk to all of us before a game. Dude is really humble and deserved better.

  • 7th Wave
    7th Wave

    3 days ago, I literally had the EXACT SAME injury except it was to my left pinky. It was at football practice, i ran an in, my QB threw a low bullet and it collided with my pinky. Bone was showing where my finger should have. Got sugery that night, thank God itll heal up 100%. Also felt no pain, but i was a little shocked.

    • Keepongoing
      Keepongoing

      Dude like I have never broken my bone but shit how does it feel like?

    • MR.BRODYMAN
      MR.BRODYMAN

      Mine was worse. It was a paper cut on the back of my non shooting hand. It was a nightmare. The pain!!! Took days to heal.

    • Jack Lauletta
      Jack Lauletta

      You felt no pain in surgery or at the time?

    • Dwaki3
      Dwaki3

      That’s not to bad

    • Ix Fortz
      Ix Fortz

      Sevion Dryer while you dont feel pain your sugar level drops and u feel light headed like you want to sit down

  • 71GRecords Official
    71GRecords Official

    I remember watching this live it still hurts to see it I just can't. I did laugh at the bench reaction thou

  • Michael Diaz
    Michael Diaz

    i would buy his jersey no matter what team he goes to, his story and that injury are so insane if he can make it to the league i will 100 percent be a fan of the team that gets him (they wont be my favorite team but i will cheer for them)

  • Courage !!!!
    Courage !!!!

    Wow, thats real live for ur craft, I love basketball, but if I was playing in that Game and I had seen that happen, I would have ran off the court with no hesitation. I would never be the same, I respect kevin. Idk if I could come back after an injury like that

  • Mark
    Mark

    I hope Kevin Ware will be at NBA in some day #KevinWarewillgototheNBA

  • Umbrees
    Umbrees

    Man everytime I see that clip I cringe so hard and my knee gets a weird ass feeling. Seeing that bone pop out like that live was scary. Forever a memory engraved my brain

    • Brendon Pierson
      Brendon Pierson

      Mo Damerchi think how Kevin ware feels🤔

  • Swiggity Swag
    Swiggity Swag

    I keep replaying the part where he broke his leg to look at everyone reacting at the same time to look away

  • Jiratchai
    Jiratchai

    Back in 2011 I was a captain for a school basketball team in india, heading for state, then during a morning round up, our coach decided to play 3v3 match, that was my last day. A guy playing center (204cm) jumped and landed on my ankle breaking my right ankle. I still can run, jump, just not as high as i used to.

  • Gamingwith DOMI
    Gamingwith DOMI

    He was the best keep strong😞🙏

  • Jacob Salas
    Jacob Salas

    This video makes me never want to jump again lol

    • ItsWilly
      ItsWilly

      You are fine. When he jumped he landed in a way in which he was twisting. The twisting motion snapped the bone. As long as you aren't jumping forward off balanced with your leg sticking straight out mid-air while twisting, you are fine.

    • ICETEA 7110
      ICETEA 7110

      Innnnnit

    • Nomuko
      Nomuko

      Forereals!

    • MrDukki
      MrDukki

      Agreed

    • Jacob Salas
      Jacob Salas

      @Cyrus MUFC noted

  • watchme2day
    watchme2day

    Kevin Ware was so lucky to be alive i wish this never happend cuz right when i saw this and his injurie i passed out for real!!!!!!!!!

  • jemmassssssss
    jemmassssssss

    I hope hes okay now.. That was nasty!

  • Josh Allen
    Josh Allen

    Just when I thought you were done showing it, it comes right back on.

  • Ball
    Ball

    I hope Kevin Ware gets to the NBA.

  • charlie ramgren
    charlie ramgren

    i beg that he makes the nba... that will be a great day. he deserves it🏅

  • Christian Martinez
    Christian Martinez

    A similar thing happened to my teammate but it was football. Dude landed on his arm and the bone was sticking out but didn’t break skin. All of my teammates ran to the sidelines about ready to puke. It was nasty.

  • Mangia Gre
    Mangia Gre

    He has talent, the NBA should give him a shot

  • Kendrick Vanderbilt
    Kendrick Vanderbilt

    I love your video man they have me jumping out my sit I would love to be entered in this give away

  • DavidVG45
    DavidVG45

    Whoever can watch that injury three or more times, straight faced is a god

  • Leban Arreh
    Leban Arreh

    Yoooo do a video on Ryan Harrow!! A top ranked 5 star player in Highschool!!! Nobody on here has done one yet. Be the first bc he was a crazy nice talent with his famous hoopmixtape!!!!

  • Kevin Durant
    Kevin Durant

    Yo that got me cringing. Please don't repeatedly show the injury

    • cheese
      cheese

      @Counter-clockwise CLAN Dragon Gaming Official bc he could

    • frankietapez
      frankietapez

      Hi gayd

    • Jœ Mæ Mæ
      Jœ Mæ Mæ

      Bro you a unloyal cupcake

    • devanteSmith
      devanteSmith

      @ErrorTapes stfu

    • ErrorTapes
      ErrorTapes

      Finna do that to you kd

  • Nezuko Kamado
    Nezuko Kamado

    The bench’s reaction is the best part

  • Shqiptar Amerikan
    Shqiptar Amerikan

    Shit man i feel for the dude to have life long dreams and hard work lost One damn injury after High school took my Football Dreams Away and Texas A&M pulled there scholarship offer

  • Mike N
    Mike N

    Imagine this being a basketball game and then seeing this happens 🤢

  • Juan 🌯
    Juan 🌯

    This is what happend to me too trust me it wont hurt as much as a normal broken leg because when you break your leg like that your nervous system dosent work so it wont hurt as much but it still hurts a lot

  • Genevie Dalisdis
    Genevie Dalisdis

    After watching this video I KEEP TOUCHING MY LEG *LIKE R U STILL ALIVE* 🤣🤣🤣

    • Mynameluke
      Mynameluke

      Genevie Dalisdis same

  • Anthony Weber
    Anthony Weber

    I'm a Louisville fan and this was so sad to see

  • Tori
    Tori

    This story is so beautiful man😥😥

  • Bubble skranch Jr
    Bubble skranch Jr

    As a person who plays basketball i get scared at injuries like this

  • Roasted Gaming
    Roasted Gaming

    This is horrifying and I hope he's able to somehow get healed back up to normal and in maybe a couple years play basketball again

  • A A
    A A

    Yea.... This dude sud get a chance... I remember watching the game wen he snapped his leg, very similar to Paul George injury... I'm shocked this guy has that much footage of the injury (gotta be a personal vid) because i remember during that game the announcers said they would not show that footage again... Gd vid

  • Mosballin
    Mosballin

    It sucks that whenever you look up his name that's the first thing that pops up. Just his injuries. I'm sure he wants to forget and move on. That injury gets me every time. I remember telling myself I won't play basketball ever again after watching that.

    • Mosballin
      Mosballin

      I was like can't risk jumping or running. Like something as defending a shot caused that... ughhhh. I wish him nothing less than the best and he is a real warrior for always fighting thru

  • Kiero_B
    Kiero_B

    I remember being in a bar watching that Game. The injury happened and I was looking directly at Ware.... omg I can't even stand looking at the picture in the beginning

  • OneVOneME
    OneVOneME

    It’s things like this that make me wanna stop playing ball😂😭

  • Ammy DoesGymnastics
    Ammy DoesGymnastics

    After this i dont want to run,jump,or walk anymore😢😭

    • Darius Dugger
      Darius Dugger

      Same

    • Annulette Jones
      Annulette Jones

      Fax

  • TaBaScOgawd
    TaBaScOgawd

    It just scares me to see him block or dunk again 😵

  • SunnySinclair1979
    SunnySinclair1979

    He was bad, raw talent before his injury but he transfered I think he can really make a come back!!!

  • Mona De Janeiro
    Mona De Janeiro

    I remember when this happened. I literally thought dude wasn't gonna be able to walk or play again. It's amazing how God works isn't it?

  • TheDarkenedLightGem
    TheDarkenedLightGem

    NBA needs to sign this guy.

  • John Harry Duavis
    John Harry Duavis

    Glad he made it Hes the Man !

    • DKM
      DKM

      +John Harry Duavis :)

  • Aydiesel Beats
    Aydiesel Beats

    Damn mane Ware would have been the next CP3 if he didn't have that freak accident!

  • Joanne BazzI
    Joanne BazzI

    When I broke my leg my bone popped out of my skin it was painful for 4 minuets then stopped hurting but when I saw my bone I just fainted it was just like Kevin’s leg except that it was my left leg

  • Story Miles
    Story Miles

    When I first saw this a kid in my class showed it to me and at first I was so scared and squeamish but I watched it a couple more times for some reason and it wasn’t that bad

  • {Female} Zoey •Neko Fox•
    {Female} Zoey •Neko Fox•

    At least one of the teammates on the bench had to have said "OH LORD ALL MIGHTY"

  • howard baxter
    howard baxter

    Absolutely worst injury I have ever seen.

  • Crypto
    Crypto

    Who else died of the teamates reaction at 1:40

  • Gamer 4Life
    Gamer 4Life

    Watching that I literally fell 4 times weak from it

  • BasoTNG
    BasoTNG

    I remember this injury 2013 wen we won the ship shit was crazy

  • Edward Principe
    Edward Principe

    In school, they taught me always to look where you land. Your eyes are your balance and equilibrium. This confirms it now.

  • meshak Fernando
    meshak Fernando

    How was he even able to get up after that injury

  • frogcheska
    frogcheska

    I remember coming across the video on IRglo, seeing the close up, and being scarred for life.

  • DDO
    DDO

    Bro those guys on the bench had the best reaction

  • icantchangemyprofilepicture
    icantchangemyprofilepicture

    These leg injuries make me scared to walk

  • Alchino Hector
    Alchino Hector

    Bro i can't finish this damn video omg i might not ever go for a block shot ever

  • Heavy Meadow Detective
    Heavy Meadow Detective

    I was there and saw players on both teams start dropping to the floor. My first thought, "Oh shit, someone let some poison gas off in here!"

  • Leman Toure
    Leman Toure

    DM 2k18 please do a video on Shaun Livingston comeback years after that horrific injury

  • Arnav Nikam
    Arnav Nikam

    I remember watching the michigan game and when this happened is started crying

  • Noah Tv
    Noah Tv

    You can see the bench going wide and one guy covered his eyes and died

  • OREOS CTB
    OREOS CTB

    Never realized the bone protruded 🤢

    • Yvng Jae
      Yvng Jae

      I watched the game live I almost threw up

  • Kyle Cagle
    Kyle Cagle

    The guy that caught the pass on the right wing was Tyler Thornton. "Tyler Jones" never played for duke

  • Reigie Rendon
    Reigie Rendon

    This was the reason I stopped playing basketball for years!!

  • EzMoneySniper
    EzMoneySniper

    Oh my god wtf i am lowkey never playing basketball in my life again

    • TRIPPLE JLE FAMILY
      TRIPPLE JLE FAMILY

      Ahy

  • Gideon
    Gideon

    I felt that through the screen

  • dontaviosthe3rd
    dontaviosthe3rd

    It's crazy how bad it is 😰

  • 1pride
    1pride

    God put this obstacle in his life for him to overcome it and show he is strong every thing happens for a reason bless up

    • k3v
      k3v

      @Outkast Original lol

    • Mexican Taco343
      Mexican Taco343

      Rafael Garcia Pena then why not just create a world that is peaceful instead of making worlds that has fucking lava , asteroids , planets that can explode at any second , and stars that could make the earth go Rip

    • Mexican Taco343
      Mexican Taco343

      Maddie Oziarre who created god then , how do we know he’s really the one who did all of these , we don’t even know who he is but only know fictional facts about him , how Can a angle be par with the creator , like stop

    • Mexican Taco343
      Mexican Taco343

      spikeball pro8 so even if ur good , u have to be a Christian wow sad

    • Mexican Taco343
      Mexican Taco343

      1 Prideeditz so being raped is a obstacle , god is the real satan if it is like this

  • Chicken Noodle Soup
    Chicken Noodle Soup

    2019 here lol...The players also got scared😫

  • Mana Tawa-Manhire
    Mana Tawa-Manhire

    Bruh I'm legit feeling my shin and I feel like it gonna come out

  • Svarog EUROPE Identity
    Svarog EUROPE Identity

    Sad story, he could be the best player, he could get high salary to pay his mom house, but now he can play only in no-name teams..

  • AA vlogs / school starters music hmu !!
    AA vlogs / school starters music hmu !!

    Let him he came froma bad injury fam give him one gd chance just one

  • Illuminus Maximus
    Illuminus Maximus

    That was one those it hurt you just watching it injurys why was he going so hard it was only first quater a possible career ending injury just to try ta block the ball and the shot . . . . still went in thats what hurt even more.

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