Louisville guard Kevin Ware holds the net after Louisville defeated Michigan 82-76 after the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Being able to stand on your own two feet is something that many Americans take for granted every day, but not Louisville guard Kevin Ware. At least not anymore.
Just two months removed from his gruesome leg injury in the NCAA Tournament that captivated the country and turned Ware into a semi-household name, the Louisville junior tweeted out some exciting, albeit surprising, news over the weekend.
This is an extremely positive sign for Ware and Louisville fans alike, especially considering that doctors originally said it may be six months before Ware is walking normally again.
The fact that he can stand is only part of the progress. Not only is Ware standing on his own two feet again, he has also been spotted shooting jump shots. This is difficult to imagine, especially since the image of him lying on his back, grimacing in pain, leg bone not where it should be, has been burned into the brains of all those unlucky enough to see it.
However, WDRB.com's Eric Crawford reported that Ware was at Louisville’s practice court on Monday afternoon, hoisting up a fair share of jump shots.
"I'm not going to do anything to jeopardize [the leg]," Ware stated. "But I'm not going to take it easy, either." An attitude evidenced by him even being out on a basketball court.
Although he still has a long way to go on his path to full recovery, this is a solid start.