NCAA Finals Watch: ‘Great motivator’

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Kevin Ware, University of Louisville guard. (AP Photo)

Kevin Ware, University of Louisville guard. (AP Photo)

ATLANTA (AP) — Louisville’s ‘great motivator.’ Kevin Ware is from Rockdale County High School, about 40 minutes east of Atlanta, and he has returned to Georgia a sudden celebrity.

Ware, Louisville’s sophomore guard, suffered gruesome compound fractures in his right leg in Sunday’s Midwest Regional final win over Duke that sent the Cardinals to the Final Four. He had successful surgery and flew with the team to Atlanta.

Coach Rick Pitino says he’s proud of the way Ware and his teammates have handled the shocking injury.

“I think it’s going to be a great motivator for us,” Pitino said Thursday. “I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of a group of young men the way they acted and cried their brains out for Kevin, and then the way Kevin got them together and the way he reacted.

“Now we are refocused. Kevin’s with us.”

And Ware is a celebrity.

“He’s doing David Letterman’s top 10,” Pitino said before adding with a laugh, “I don’t know if he has time for us.”

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