In the midst of a normal day in Kentucky, Rick Pitino had some interesting comments surrounding the return of Louisville’s most famous injured player.
Concerning the status of guard Kevin Ware, Pitino was quoted as saying:
“He’s just riding the bike and you can almost see from the X-rays the bone healing. I’d say, in another month he’ll be healed and then he’ll start working out a little bit.”
Though those quotes aren’t exactly “glowing” with optimism, Pitino later indicated that Ware could be returning to the court by October, and that he was “encouraged” at the progress that Ware has made during his rehab.
In case you were under a rock during the month of March, Kevin Ware underwent one of the most gruesome and highly publicized injures in history during Louisville’s win over Duke in the Regional Finals (in route to the title). Ware sustained a severely broken leg during an on-court play, and in the process, created havoc on the court as players and coaches simultaneously covered their eyes and sent prayers for the 6-foot-2 guard.
While his on-court numbers (4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds per game as a junior) aren’t stellar, Ware has become a centerpiece of the Louisville program. The team lost a number of players from their National Championship run, and Ware could be a lift both on and off of court if he can make his way into the lineup for the Cardinals by the beginning of the season. Stay tuned.