We all remember him. Not as the basketball player for Louisville, but as the guy who shattered his leg playing for Louisville. That was an issue for Kevin Ware; he just wanted to be himself again.
In a self-written article for The Players’ Tribune, Ware explained with endearing vulnerability what exactly it was that made him transfer from the Louisville Cardinals team he won a championship with to a relatively unknown basketball program at Georgia State.
Most notably, Ware describes how, to be frank, Louisville lost the confidence they had in him.
Head coach Rick Pitino and his staff simply didn’t trust Ware’s leg, ultimately leaving him with feelings of ineptitude and being held back. Ware reminisced on how Russ Smith and the rest of his teammates wouldn’t go hard on him at practice anymore.
Time and time again, it boiled down to one simple point.
People clamored around him, suffocated him, allowing him to think of himself as nothing more than “… Kevin Ware, the guy who broke his leg.”
He just wanted to be Kevin Ware, the basketball player, again.
That’s what Ron Hunter and Georgia State let him be. Ware played 35 minutes a game during his senior season; nobody was going easy on him anymore. That’s all he really wanted.